UGC language portal ‘Bharatvani’ goes live

The University Grants Commission’s (UGC)  pet project ‘Bharatvani’ that has multilingual dictionary which searches from among 171 dictionaries of different languages goes live.

The plan to launch ‘Bharatvani’ was announced November last year, where it was said that the portal would feature content from Indian writers, Government, and non-Government organizations, boards of education, textbook corporations, universities, publication houses, and academies etc.

In order to access the dictionaries, the user needs to log in and download certain files. The portal lists 29 languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Tulu, Nepali, Kashmiri, etc as searchable. The website is also available in all these languages, in addition to sporting a default Hindi/English interface.

Currently, Bharatvani is only capable of providing definitions of English words in other languages. However,  this is currently incomplete. A search for the word ‘great’ returned results in Assamese and Kannada, and there was simply no way for us to say filter to check for the Hindi or Marathi definitions.

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