PUNE: A pioneering initiative by Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC) of Translation - ‘Translation Memory - Kanthasth’, developed by Applied AI Group, C-DAC Pune, and funded by Department of Official Language, MHA, received the prestigious Vishwa Hindi Sanman for its contribution in the field of Hindi Language Computing, Research and Development, proliferation and various deployments for usage in government and general public.
The award was given away by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at the 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius. C-DAC Director Hemant Darbari received the award. It was launched by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India, Kiren Rijiju, recently.
“India is now a superpower and Hindi has become a world language, as well as the official language and the biggest lingua franca of our country. Hindi is becoming an important global link language for tourism, cultural exchange and global ethos. In tandem with the Hindi’s global importance, a great and proud moment for C-DAC,” said Darbari.
“The main characteristics of ‘Kanthasth’ are translation memory system, which allows a translator to re-use the already translated segments while translating a new file, either through a complete match or partial match. A translation memory is basically a database, which stores the translated data in the form of aligned source-language and target-language segments. The database gets continuously enriched with each subsequent use of the system for translation purpose. This system will be made available to all by Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Government of India, free of cost,” he said.
During the conference, another notable software initiative ‘NIKASH’ (National and International Knowledge Accreditation Standards for Hindi) on Hindi Language Teaching and certification for foreigners was showcased.
“NIKASH is need of the day as whenever an Indian goes to a developed country for work, the concerned country makes that person appear in an exam to ascertain if that person has proficiency in that country’s language. The foreigners coming to India have by now realised that even though they may be fluent in English, they can’t make do without a reasonably good knowledge of Hindi in India”, he said.
“The syllabus of NIKASH will blend education with entertainment. It will use poems, film songs and film dialogues as teaching aids. The teaching would effectively take place through entertainment, so it will be infotainment in the true sense of the word. NIKASH caters to the training, examination and certification and improves proficiency of spoken and written Hindi of the respondent,” he further added.
Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay ‘Barlen’ Vyapoory, former PM of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth, Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research Leela Dookhun Luchoomun, Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha, Governor of Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi and others were also present.
- The award was given away by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at the 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius.
- C-DAC Director Hemant Darbari received the award.