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MESSAGES FOR TDIL

Prime Minister's Message: Information Technology has brought about the revolution that has transformed commodities, people and their relations. Our sages envisioned the world as a Global Village: "Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam". That vision is poised to become a reality as communities and countries network and join up. What we need is the right mindset to impel us towards the state of "Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah".

The opportunities that today 's knowledge economy offers enable us to make the knowledge and innovation available far and wide, without any barriers of nationality, language, culture, caste and creed. IT with such a humanitarian perspective will lead to a society where peace and harmony obtain. I hope that with the success of the Technology Development for Indian Languages Mission programme, India will emerge as a pioneering hub of multilingual computing and provide appropriate technology solutions for overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers, and thereby ensure knowledge for all.

Secretary (Deptt of Official Languages): He appreciated the efforts of DOE for making the output of TDIL Programme available in public domain. He informed that he is studying the various efforts made during the last 50 years in this direction and is also interacting with various Departments and Ministries at decision making levels to make Hindi a popular means of communication and exchange of ideas.He opined that the available aids are still in a very preliminary stage, such as translation aids. He desired that in the near future, tools would be made available to human translators, which would substantially improve the quality, speed and lead to language enrichment. He also outlined a scope for application of IL tools in Banking Sectors. He appreciated the efforts of TDIL and hoped further impetus in future.

Secretary (Electronics) Message: National excellence in the next millenium shall be determined by the least common factor of human resource and the knowledge base of the society concerned. Information Technology(IT) has emerged as an enabling tool to reduce/close the knowledge gap by facilitating acquisition, absorption and communication of knowledge. In India where English literates are less than 5%, there is also need to overcome language barriers. For rapid economic develop- ment, national prioroities ought to include 'knowledge for all' and 'moving up the knowledge chain'. Under the national programme of TDIL (Technology Development for Indian Languages), a number of projects have been supported in the area of Indian Language Processing Tools, Human Machine Interface Systems, Translation Support Systems, Corpora and Lexical Resources. There has to be a continuing effort , to tap global knowledge to create local knowledge, to selectively place knowledge in public domain for the benefit of people at large and to improve effectiveness of communication. We also need to motivate private sector through market incentives to contribute to this critical area. The website, http://tdil.mit.gov.in contains information on Indian Language Technologies developed so far and the fonts and basic software in public domain. I hope this website will benefit people at large, researchers and IT localisation solution providers and will keep growing with collaborative ILT developments.

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