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Wednesday, 30th December 2009

India: Digitizing World’s Biggest Sanskrit-English Dictionary Underway

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The Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute on Tuesday formally launched the computerisation work of the world’s biggest Sanskrit-English dictionary undertaken by the College’s Sanskrit department.

City-based Modular Infotech, specialists in multilingual Indian language software, has undertaken the digitalisation of heritage books. The work of the Sanskrit-English dictionary, launched in 1948, is expected to be completed in June 2011.


Speaking at the launch ceremony, he said that the nine million data references or slips extracted by 30 renowned scholars to form the Sciptorium, is the very heart of the dictionary. “The Scriptorium records huge invaluable data in the form of slips, which is becoming quite fragile. So, their preservation has become the most important issue. The Rs 2.5 crore scanning and digitisation work of the Scriptorium, reference books and reference books will help conserve this knowledge treasure,” [Deccan College director VP] Bhatta said.

Source: Sakaal Times


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