The Union HRD ministry recently launched the Bahratvani, a multilingual online portal, with the objective of delivering knowledge in and about all Indian languages. It uses a multimedia format while being inclusive, interactive, dynamic and moderated. The portal is launched with the vision of making India an open knowledge society. The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru, has taken the responsibility to carry out the project.
Some Key points about Bharatvani:
- It is the largest online storage of dictionaries in India.
- The portal aims at bringing different languages and cultures of India on one platform
- The portal has 22 scheduled languages. The count will increase to 100 Indian languages
- The ministry aims to create an interactive knowledge society through online universalization of education
- The Bharatvani portal is the only knowledge portal in India that works via multiple languages
- The government aims to promote the diversity of Indian languages through the Bharatvani portal
- The portal can be used as a cross-lingual learning tool. It has multilingual grammar books and courses and allows transliteration
- There are over 130 dictionaries, glossaries and terminology books on the site
- The Bharatvani portal is also available as a mobile application on Google Play Store.
Available resources :
What is mainly luring the linguists and researchers is the compilation of digitised searchable dictionaries. In a little over a year since its inception, the portal offers 262 unilingual and multilingual dictionaries in 50 Indian languages. The portal has many kosha’s or sections that offer a range of different contents such as Paa Thyapustaka Kosha for textbooks by various authorities, Jnana Kosha for encyclopedic knowledge base in all languages, Shabda Kosh that has dictionaries, glossaries, terminologies, Bhasha Kosha which comprises language learning books, and Bahumaadhyama Kosha for multimedia content. Which can be accessed on Bharatavani’s free Android app.
The site also has a Suchanaa Praudyogikii Kosha for IT tools but it is right now linked to Technology Development for Indian Languages Programme (TDILP). The contents on the portal are protected by the Indian Copyright Act. The contents are available in text and PDF.
Battling challenges :
There are several communities in this country who use languages apart from those which are scheduled in the Constitution. The portal will help schools and institutions develop modules in these languages so that individuals speaking non scheduled languages are not deprived of development. Starting from scheduled languages, Bharatavani has now broadened its scope to smaller languages that have over 10,000 speakers. The portal even aims at including languages which have less than 10,000 speakers , in its second phase.