HRD Ministry launches portal, BHARATAVANI

The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Wednesday announced the launch of a multilingual knowledge portal www.bharatavani.in, an official statement said.

In this context, the Bharatavani Project (BvP), a knowledge initiative is launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. This Project aims to build a searchable knowledge repository in and about all the languages in India in multimedia (text, audio, video, images) formats through an online portal. The Bharatavani Portal will be accessible to all sections of society. The Project is being implemented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru, Karnataka. The Portal offers open knowledge under fair usage clauses of The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, for educational purposes.

Providing available knowledge already created by the Government and publicly funded institutions all over India, and putting it across for the public usage, by deploying robust, interactive, user friendly web tools will be the main thrust of the Bharatavani Project. The Project will be guided by a National Advisory Committee and a Technology Advisory Committee, besides Language Editorial Committees in each of the languages. The MHRD seeks active participation of the knowledge organisations, individuals in this ambitious project resulting in a massive social movement of knowledge sharing.

The Bharatavani Portal would publish the content in the following main sections:

1. PaaThyapustaka Kosha: Textbooks
2. Jnana Kosha : Knowledge base (Digitisation underway)
3. Shabda Kosha: Dictionaries
4. Bhasha Kosha : Language learning
5. Suchanaa Praudyogikii Kosha : IT tools (Linked to TDIL)
6. Bahumaadhyama Kosha: Multimedia

Along with the portal, the Ministry has also launched the Bharatavani Multi-lingual app. This will enable users to search for one language text in another language as well as get meanings in different languages. Currently, the app has 35 multilingual dictionaries.

Source | Business Line | 26 May 2016

Free online course in open research

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Sign-up for the course closes on Friday 12 September and the course begins on Monday 15 September 2014.

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Darwin’s library now available online

Books that Charles Darwin had with him during the five journeys that he spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle are now reconstructed and available online. Darwin’s collection comprised more than 1,95,000 pages and covered a range of topics. Moreover, he took both fiction and non-fiction to occupy his mind on his travels, including history books, geological studies and atlases joined by literature.

The geologist was also a multilingual person, so the books that he brought were written in varying languages. 125 of the books in the collection were in English, 38 were in French, nine were in Spanish, seven were in German, one was in Latin, and one was in Greek.

Researchers at the University of Singapore, gathered, transcribed and uploaded the library on Darwin’s website called Darwin Online, where the users can search through the catalog to find particular topic.

The illustrations in the collection appeared to be very interesting as both science and fantasy seem to be represented in them, with geological diagrams of mountains and animal skeletons included alongside inaccurate maps and portraits of 18th century tribals.

INNOVATIVE YOUNG BIOTECHNOLOGIST AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2013

The ‘Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award’ (IYBA) was instituted by the Department of Biotechnology in the year 2005, as an attractive, career-oriented scheme to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas and desire to pursue research in frontier areas of biotechnology. For the year 2013 awards, the department invites applications from the young Indian investigators upto the age of 35 years. The award will consist of financial support for a project and Cash Award/fellowship for the awardees. Awardees having a regular employment will receive a cash award of ` 1.00/- Lakh every year during the course of the project in addition to grants-in-aid of ` 50.00/- Lakhs for a project. The awardees, those are not in the regular employment  will receive a fellowship of ` 40,000/- per month with grants-in-aid and shall be attached to a Senior Scientist (Mentor) in a University, Research Institute, Medical/Agriculture/ Veterinary College or any other institute of repute. It is expected that the awardees will work independently and the Mentor will facilitate the awardees research efforts. Applications (1 copy) neatly typed on plain paper in the prescribed format along with enclosures & certified copies to be sent to  Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Block-2, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003, so as to reach latest by    6th December, 2013. Soft copy of the application also needs to be sent to:  iyba.dbt@nic.in.  For more details and application format, please visit DBT websites: http://www.dbtindia.gov.in/iyba.htm OR http://www.btisnet.gov.in/iyba.htm

TATA INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP: 2013-14

Applications are invited for “Tata Innovation Fellowship”, a highly competitive scheme instituted by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India to recognize and reward scientists with outstanding track record in biological sciences and a deep commitment to find innovative solutions to major problems in healthcare, agriculture and other areas related to life sciences and biotechnology.

For details: http://dbtindia.nic.in/docs/TATA%20Advt%20&%20proforma%202014.pdf

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