ICCR signs MoU with Google to facilitate Sanskrit research
The ICCR on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with Google to facilitate internet research in Sanskrit and provided the search engine giant with one lakh of commonly used phrases in the language along with their English and Hindi translations.
The MoU was signed here in the presence of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chairman Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and senior Google officials.
ICCR and Google are collaborating to improve the Sanskrit translation experience. This will help Google improve artificial intelligence or machine learning technology to translate Sanskrit text into various other languages and vice versa, Sahasrabuddhe said. ”For India, Sanskrit is not just a language. This is the way to understand the wisdom and the soul of India. Sanskrit language and literature is a vast repository of knowledge encompassing all spheres of life,” he said, adding that the ICCR intends to disseminate this knowledge globally through Google. In the pilot phase of the project, the ICCR provided 1,00,000 sentence pairs to Google with their Hindi and English translations. This was prepared and compiled by the ICCR with the help of a team consisting of scholars, students and teachers from the University of Delhi, Sahasrabuddhe said.
The raw datasets provided to Google will be used to train the machine learning model, which will improve the quality of the search engine’s Sanskrit translation. The ICCR sees Google’s ability to provide Sanskrit language capabilities as an important principle in expanding India’s cultural awareness, he added.
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