MeitY holds Brainstorming with Researchers & Startups to shape strategy for Digital India BHASHINI – India’s AI led language translation platform

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What is the News?

The Ministry of Electronics and IT conducted a brainstorming session with Researchers and Startups aimed to shape strategy for Digital India BHASHINI [BHASHa INterface for India].

What is Digital India BHASHINI?

It is India’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) led language translation platform. The Bhashini Platform is a part of the National Language Translation Mission.

A Bhashini Platform will make Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) resources available to MSMEs, Startups and Individual Innovators in the public domain.

Aim:

-To empower Indian citizens by connecting them to the Digital Initiatives of the country in their own language thereby leading to digital inclusion.

-To increase the content in Indian languages on the Internet substantially in the domains of public interest, particularly, governance-and-policy, science & technology, etc.

Functions of the Mission: The mission will create and nurture an ecosystem involving Central/State government agencies and start-ups, working together to develop and deploy innovative products and services in Indian languages.

What is the significance of Digital India BHASHINI?

Content in Indian Languages: The platform will encourage citizens to use the Internet in their own language.

Create a digital ecosystem: The Bhashini platform is interoperable and will catalyze the entire Digital Ecosystem.

Revolutionise the startup ecosystem: The Multi-linguality of the platform presents a major opportunity to startups for developing innovative solutions and products that can cater to all Indian citizens irrespective of the language.

Startups are an important part of India’s Digital ecosystem and will be supported for developing India-specific and Indian Languages enabled IT solutions through Mission Digital India Bhashini.

Increase the reach of governance: The platform is a giant step to realize the goal of Digital Government. Initiatives arising out of the confluence of AI techniques and NLP, such as the development of speech and text translation techniques, will increase the reach of governance.

Further, as public websites become multilingual and interactive, and the reach of public welfare schemes will also increase.

Source: The post is based on the article “MeitY holds Brainstorming with Researchers & Startups to shape strategy for Digital India BHASHINI – India’s AI led language translation platform” published in PIB on 24th May 2022.

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