Indian languages are the focus for Bhashantara
S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @infodeaofficial
FICCI– Indian Language Internet Alliance (FICCI-ILIA) announced its annual symposium for Indian languages technology industry. Sources say, the symposium titled ‘Bhashantara 2019’ will be organised on November 18 at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi.
FICCI-ILIA is a nodal industry alliance for the Indic language technology and content ecosystem. The conference is being organized in association with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, MyGov and Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL).
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Internet for All: Harnessing the Potential of Indian Languages to Tap the Next Half Billion Users.’ Bhashantara will have various sessions focused on language solutions for expansion of Digital India, preservation of endangered Indian languages, upcoming Internet technologies that boost Indic content and more.
Facilitating such discussions, FICCI – ILIA hopes to make Bhashantara 2019 an opportunity to bring together all the key industry stakeholders from sectors to ideate on opportunities and challenges faced by the Indian languages technology and content industry and chart a course for the coming year.
Ajay Data, co-chair, ICT and digital economy committee, FICCI, said FICCI-ILIA is playing a catalytic role in India’s transformation as a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy by enabling greater access of regional language content and technology solutions.
With initiatives such as BhashaAnuvad, we aim to contribute towards the development of Indic Language Internet for all. The Next Half Billion Users (NHBU) coming online will be Indian language users and hence there is an urgent need to make the internet more inclusive and multilingual to accelerate India’s transformation into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, he said.
It is interesting to note that FICCI-ILIA organised Bhashantara’s curtain-raiser earlier, where it announced its national level translation contest ‘BhashaAnuvad.’
The competition was conducted from October 24 to November 10 with the aim of development and expansion of Indic language content in a crowd-sourced manner, this competition invited participation in the age group of above 16 years. The winners of the BhashaAnuvad contest will be announced at Bhashantara on November 18.