Punjabi University to develop software tools for 16 Indian languages ​​: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Patiala, April 13

The University of Punjabi is to enter into a joint venture with IITs and IIITs to develop software tools for 16 Indian languages ​​in three major research projects, worth more than Rs 40 crore. The university is one of the leading institutes including IIIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Patna and CDAC Noida that will be working to create the software tools.

Professor Gurpreet Singh Lehal, dean of the university, said the university was working on Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi, Pashto, Dari, Kashmiri, Dogri, Nepali and other languages.

He said, “This is the first time that a state university has worked on developing software tools for so many languages ​​in multi-crore research projects. Twenty-one full-time and 10 part-time jobs with salaries ranging from Rs 15,000 per month to Rs 1 lakh per month have been created under these projects. Afghan students have also been included in the projects.

Under these projects, the University of Punjabi will develop transliteration systems from Kashmir, Sindhi, Shahmukhi, Balochi, Dari and Pashto into Devnagri and Roman and vice versa. “We will also prepare digital dictionaries for these languages. Also, we will develop machine translation systems for Sindhi-Hindi, Urdu-Hindi and vice versa,” he said.

He said the University of Punjabi will also develop robust recognizers to recognize printed text in scanned documents for 13 Indian languages ​​including Punjabi, Hindi, Sindhi, Kashmir, Urdu, Marathi, sanskrit, dogri and others.

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