Students of information technology or computer science/computer applications in engineering and arts and science colleges now have a chance to win cash prizes for their mandatory final year project.
There is a caveat though: the project should be in Tamil (one of the Indian languages) computing. The three best projects in 2006-07 will get cash prizes worth Rs. 50,000, according to an announcement by the Kani Thamizh Sangam, an association of Tamil computing enthusiasts, and Tamil Virtual University. With global IT majors looking to localise content and developing local language computing, such projects could lead to entrepreneurship opportunities too. Last year, a similar project helped in achieving awareness on the prospects and job opportunities in language computing.