HRD Minister Smriti Irani said during Question Hour that special initiatives are being taken for protection of 70 languages in the country which are on the verge of extinction.
    
Irani said the Central government has launched a scheme called National Translation Mission to make knowledge based texts accessible through translation in all Indian languages listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution that gives them official status.
    
The NTM has been housed in Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore and the aims and objectives of the scheme are: dissemination of information on translation of various texts into Indian languages, creation of high quality corpus of knowledge based texts in Indian languages through translation and high quality translation tools such as dictionary and thesaurus.
    
It also provides support for research and development on software for translation, word net, etc and accreditation for translators.
    
"The NTM has been collaborating with various state governments and private agencies in its endeavour like departments of various universities and colleges, literary societies and similar institutions and organizations," she said.
    
The minister said the NTM works include translation and publication of knowledge books and pedagogic material, copyright procurement, translator education, translation tools, dictionaries, E-dictionaries, online dictionaries besides others.
    
Irani said government will soon appoint renowned linguist Professor S L Bhyrappa as 'National Professor' for his contribution to the literature.

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