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ICCR X Google = Sanskrit added to Google Translate

by Diplomatist Bureau - 4 October, 2022, 12:00 326 Views 0 Comment

Indian Council for Cultural Relations has been continuously working towards creating an understanding of Indian culture with the global community. Recognising the importance of promotion of Indic languages, including Sanskrit, globally, and valuing the role of technology, it has recently joined hands with Google to improve the Sanskrit translation.

Google’s free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages. It is estimated that Sanskrit is the number one most requested language at the Google Translate.

ICCR and Google have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and help improve Google’s provision of Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning language technology for the translation of Sanskrit text to various other languages and vice versa.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed here in presence of Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, ICCR and senior officials of Google.

“For India, Sanskrit is not just a language. It is the path to understanding India’s wisdom and soul. Sanskrit language and literature are a vast repository of knowledge encompassing all spheres of life,” he said adding that ICCR intends to disseminate this knowledge globally through Google.

In the pilot phase of the project, the ICCR has provided 1,00,000 sentence pairs to Google with their translation in Hindi and English. This was prepared and collated by ICCR with the assistance of a team comprising scholars, students and teachers from Delhi University, Sahasrabuddhe said.

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