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National Language Translation Mission

Last date for submission for Research Proposals under NLTM is extended by 10 days (i.e. 21 Nov. 2021)gif-image

Important Dates

(a) Date of publication for Call for Proposal under NLTM: 14 Oct. 2021
(b) Last date for seeking any clarification regarding submitting proposal via email (nltm-research@meity.gov.in): 28 Oct. 2021
(c) Last date for submission of Research Proposals under NLTM: 11 Nov. 2021 & new date 21 Nov. 2021

The government has been proactively promoting digitization to ensure that public services are made available electronically to citizens, even in the farthest corners of the country. The future lies in the uplifting of digital initiatives to national public digital platforms, which are simple, nimble and bring together existing systems, players and open the doors for innovation and value-added services roping in the public and private ecosystem players. Many such national public digital platforms viz. Aadhaar, UPI, GeM, GSTN, NDHM etc. are built using digital technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics and Automation. These platforms are built using open data, open source code and open APIs to encourage open and secure ecosystems, plus allowing the private sector and start-ups to innovate and bring value-added services to the citizens. This approach has ultimately made digital services more accessible. A similar approach has been adopted by the National Language Translation Mission (NLTM) which aims to build Speech to Speech Machine Translation and evolve a Unified Language Interface (ULI) for translation of Indian Languages in the next 3 years to bring together multiple efforts towards Indic Language Technologies.

The current approach aims to provide a free and open-source National Public Digital Platform to encourage open ecosystems, allow private sector innovation to provide improved services and products in the domain of language technologies, in order to enable citizens to access digital services including educational content in their native language to further increase digital inclusion and accessibility. The platform architecture consists of a Data & Model Repository layer which will be accessed through standard API - ULCA (Unified Language Contribution API), Foundation layer consisting of benchmarking tools, Leaderboards etc, Reference Application Layer and Ecosystem layer facilitating the startups/industry engagement. The equal participation of State Governments and other central ministries in the implementation of Language/State Missions is the key to strengthen the partnership based model to develop the platform and the platform acting as an orchestrator to bring together language technologies stakeholders for the aims of the mission.

For more details regarding National Language Translation Mission (NLTM), please refer to NLTM White Paper png-image 1.39 MB