In a letter to Vice Chancellors earlier this week, UGC Secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu has asked  all universities and colleges to share digitised and non-digitised material in various languages available with them for the ambitious 'Bharatvani' project.

"Bharatvani is a project with an objective of delivering knowledge in and about all languages in India using multimedia (ie text, audio, video, images) formats through a portal (website)," Sandhu said in his letter to the VCs dated November 24.

"This portal is proposed to be all inclusive, interactive, dynamic and moderated," he added.

The government is launching this project to accommodate and strengthen the oral tradition by disseminating and presenting the unwritten vernaculars, country's classical literature in different languages, develop e-content and present the country's linguistic diversity in cyberspace, Sandhu said in the letter.

The UGC Secretary said according to the Census of India, 2001 there are 122 scheduled and non-scheduled languages and 234 mother tongues.