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Innovation Challenge for the development of Machine Aided Translation System (IC-MATS) launched

Posted On: 29 AUG 2022 5:30PM by PIB Delhi

The major strength of India lies in its diversity, whether it is food, culture, or the diverse set of languages and scripts. We welcome this step, and this innovation challenge will help build capacity across many sectors.” – Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood

The Natural Language Translation mission has the potential to be a game changer in information dissemination. We invite industry and startups to contribute to this national mission.” – Dr. (Mrs.) Parvinder Maini

“The endpoint of this innovation challenge is to not just make a translation technology but a translation technology for everybody. The time has now come to handover the baton to the industry and startups to deploy technologies which are readily available for all.” – Shri Amit Agrawal

The Innovation Challenge for the development of Machine Aided Translation System (IC-MATS) was launched by Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Govt of India on 26th August 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi. Dr. (Mrs.) Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, and Shri Amit Agrawal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) graced the event with their esteemed presence.

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In March 2019, the Office of PSA announced nine National S&T Missions on the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council. One of the missions, the ‘Natural Language Translation Mission’ intends to make science and technology accessible to all citizens in their mother tongue. Using a combination of machine and human translation, the mission is aimed at enabling access to teaching and research material bilingually – in English and one’s native Indian language.

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The Innovation Challenge for the development of Machine Aided Translation System (IC-MATS) was launched under the Natural Language Translation Mission. It is primarily divided into three stages: Stage-I (Ideation Stage), Stage-II (Prototype Stage), and Stage-III (Solution Building Stage). The Challenge is targeted at involving industries and start-ups to develop machine-aided translation systems using open-source translation platforms and text corpus available in the public domain, including those available on the language technology platform, Bhashini (https://bhashini.gov.in) built by MeitY.

 

For more details on the Innovation Challenge for the development of Machine Aided Translation System (IC-MATS): ‘Read More’

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