India’s National Translation Mission is making an online machine translation engine that can convert vernacular languages to English instantly.
According to a news report, the mission has been tasked with making a machine translation system for 22 local languages.
“Scientific and technical terminologies are being developed in 69 disciplines in 22 languages. As many as 25,000 to 30,000 lexicons have been identified in each subject,” the New Indian Express reported.
Machine translation tools are being made, V Saratchandran Nair, who heads the mission said. Local languages tools are in the early stages of development on the Internet.
India’s current online population is largely English speaking. However, the next phase of growth is expected to come from local language users.
Companies such as Reverie have made much progress in this area. Recently, Samsung tied up with Reverie to make user interfaces in 9 Indian languages including Hindi & Tamil. Reverie has an SDK that can be used by app developers to enable text display, typing and translation in different languages.
The problem with local languages in the digital world are many. Until recently, input mechanisms were a big constraint. Search and discovery is still a problem. Google, Wikipedia and government institutions like CDAC have worked on improving local languages on the Internet.
Messaging app Plustxt, which focused on local languages was acquired by One97.
Local language news app NewsHunt served 10 billion views.
GupShup launched its app in different languages