IIT Madras NPTEL Translates Courses to Vernacular Languages

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IIT Madras NPTEL has translated to Tamil Language as many as 174 technical courses including highly sought-after courses like ‘Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms Using Python’.  The focus is on translating courses across various disciplines with 682 translators and 51 Quality Control (QC) experts engaged for Tamil translation.

Additionally, a total of 159 Tamil language e-books have been published on the NPTEL website providing more resources for Tamil-speaking learners. Furthermore, audio embeds for 906 hours of video content in Tamil are available, with positive feedback received from learners regarding the accessibility and comprehension of translated materials.

NPTEL has translated its courses into 11 languages, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. The objective is to help learners who completed their schooling in regional languages and are transitioning to English for technical education.

Further information and access to NPTEL’s translated courses can be obtained from the following web page - https://nptel.ac.in/translation

Highlighting the initiative to translate technical content into vernacular languages, NPTEL Translation Coordinator Prof. Rajesh Kumar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras said, “Every language is a world in itself. Without translation, I would be confined to the borders of my own world. NPTEL strives to break this barrier.”

Further, Prof. Abhijit P Deshpande, also a NPTEL Translation Coordinator and a faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras said,“NPTEL-IIT Madras is adopting innovative ways to make the translated content available to learners in India. They include the use of subtitles, video Text tracks, Transcripts, Books with slides and Audio tracks, among others. The key objective is to build capacity in India in high quality translation of science/engineering content.”

NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) is a joint venture of the IITs and IISc, funded by Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, and was launched in 2003.

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