Indian Language Technology Center launched at IIT Madras with grants from Nilekani Philanthropies

July 28, 2022 4:26 p.m. STI

Chennai (Tamilnadu) [India]Jul 28 (ANI): Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), with a financial grant of Rs 36 crore from a non-profit educational platform Nilekani Philanthropies, has launched a center to advance the state of Indian language technology.
This new center named “Nilekani Center at AI4Bharat” is expected to help advance Indian language technology in addition to creating wider social impact. AI4Bharat was created on the initiative of IIT Madras to create an open source language AI for Indian languages.
It was inaugurated at the campus of IIT Madras by co-founder of Infosys IT services major Nandan Nilekani. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an “Institute of National Importance”.

“The Digital India Bhashini mission has been launched with the aim of making all services and information available to citizens in their own language with ‘collaborative AI’ at the heart of the design. AI4Bharat will further contribute and accelerate the work of the ‘AI in the Indian language as a public good and is fully aligned with the objectives of the Bhashini mission,” said Nandan Nilekani.
To mark the official launch, a workshop open to students, researchers and startups was organized to discuss the resources available to develop Indian language technologies.
“I am happy that IIT Madras is taking a leadership role in Indian language AI, which is of national significance. I look forward to AI4Bharat’s cutting-edge research being translated into the real world,” said V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras.
IITs have been at the forefront of innovation and have attracted numerous grants and contributions from industries and various other stakeholders. (ANI)

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