CIIL venturing to come out with Mobile Dictionary

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Mysore, Aug 24 (UNI) The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), which is producing Dictionaries in 20 Indian Languages in association with the UK based Orient Longman Pvt Ltd, is working out the modalities to come out with a Dictionary for Mobile users.

The CIIL sources told UNI that 11 dictionaries in the book form are set for release in 2009 English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and a few other languages. The service was primarly aimed at facilitating academics and those engaged in translation work, although the larger objective was to help the common people to develop language skills.

The CIIL is in touch with top mobile phone service providers in the country to elicit their interest on availing themselves of its Dictionaries for their customers.

The Union Government, which is funding the country's biggest Translation Mission (NTM))-under the 11th Plan, has reportedly asked the CIIL, NTM's nodal agency, to explore the possibilities of popularising online Dictionaries, including Dictionaries on mobile phones.

According to CIIL Director Udai Naryana Singh, simplified Dictionaries could be imported into mobile phone technology and users could use the service in their choice of language.

The idea of providing Dictionaries on mobile phones has come from the government and therefore, we are holding talks with the mobile phone service providers on the feasibility of having this latest service for their customers, he added.

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