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What is Bhashini & How Does It Work? Hear From The CEO Amitabh Nag!

We have all heard PM Modi mentioning Bhashini in his speeches, but do you know what it is? How does it differ from Google Translator and other translation tools? How can startups and businesses leverage Bhashini for their work? Let's find out!

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We've frequently heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi reference Bhashini in his speeches, but do you understand its significance? How does it distinguish itself from Google Translator and similar translation tools? How might startups and businesses benefit from incorporating Bhashini into their operations? To explore these questions, TICE recently got into an exclusive conversation with Amitabh Nag, CEO, Bhashini. Hear out this enticing conversation to know more!

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Exclusive Interview With Amitabh Nag, CEO, Bhashini

During the Digital India Week 2022 event in Gandhinagar, the Indian government introduced numerous initiatives for the digital economy. Among these, 'Bhashini' stands out as a local language translation mission designed to bridge the linguistic gap across various Indian languages through the application of existing technology. This government platform strives to democratize access to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) resources by making them available in the public domain for utilization by Indian MSMEs, startups, and individual innovators.

What is Bhashini?

Bhashini, an AI tool, is crafted to overcome language barriers prevalent in the diverse linguistic landscape of the country. This tool harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing (NLP), with a significant emphasis on crowdsourcing. This collaborative approach enables developers to accumulate data necessary for instructing the tool in various languages.

How Does Bhashini Work?

One can access this tool through https://www.bhashini.gov.in/en/. Its objective is to establish and nurture an ecosystem that brings together diverse stakeholders, including institutions, industry players, research groups, academia, and individuals. The goal is to foster an 'ever-evolving repository of data, training, and benchmark datasets, open models, tools, and technologies.'

The online platform features a dedicated 'Bhasadaan' section, enabling individuals to participate in various crowdsourcing initiatives accessible through corresponding Android and iOS apps. Contributions can be made in four ways—Suno India, Likho India, Bolo India, and Dekho India—where users either type what they hear or validate texts transcribed by others. Currently, the open repository has 1501, 598, 773, and 664 contributors in each respective section. These contributions play a crucial role in enhancing the open repository of data to "digitally enrich native languages," as mentioned on the website. Additionally, contributors receive Bhasa Samarthak badges as recognition, with internet users earning a bronze badge by contributing just five sentences.

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