Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled “Bhashini” at the G20 Digital Economy Working Group Ministers Meet. This AI-powered language translation platform celebrates India’s linguistic diversity.
Bhashini aims to bridge digital divides and ensure every Indian feels connected. India has become a canvas for such innovation with its vast array of languages and dialects. The platform supports digital inclusion across India’s countless languages.
For many, this means accessing content in their native language for the first time. So, let’s have a deeper look at what Bhashini is all about.
The Need for Bhashini
The digital world leans toward English and it leaves many non-English speakers feeling left out. Imagine trying to find information online, but it’s not in your language. It’s frustrating and limiting.
Many Indians face this issue on a daily basis as they struggle to access content in their native tongue. This is where the need for Bhashini comes in. It aims to fill this gap and offer a platform for every Indian language to ensure everyone gets a fair chance in the digital space. No one should feel left behind because of language.
Understanding the Bhashini Model
Bhashini stands as a hope for language inclusivity in the digital-first era. Let’s have a look at how it operates and its core principles.
Operation and Promotion of Languages
Bhashini is a movement that actively promotes regional languages. It does this through its technological feats and collaborations. Bhashini integrates its offerings as it engages with companies and platforms. This ensures a seamless user experience across various digital platforms.
Building Blocks of Bhashini
- Real-Time Speech-to-Speech Machine for instant translations.
- Translation tools like Speech To Speech (S2S) Government Assistant.
- Indian Language Voice Internet for native browsing experiences.
- Content localization helps create content that resonates with local audiences.
- Accessibility tools cater to everyone, ensuring no one’s left out.
- Translator Lens offers a visual translation aid.
- Data Corpus: A rich collection of language data fuels Bhashini.
- High Compute Infrastructure (HCI): It ensures smooth, efficient operations.
Bhashini, in essence, reflects India’s vast linguistic world. It stands as a testament to what unity in diversity truly means in the digital age.
Benefits of Bhashini
Bhashini is more than just a translation platform; it’s a catalyst for change. Let’s explore its benefits:
Shaip’s Contribution to Bhashini: Digital Inclusion through Multilingual Data Collection
Partnering with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Shaip undertook a monumental task: collecting, segmenting, and transcribing diverse Indian language datasets.
The aim was to construct robust multilingual speech models and the road ahead has a lot of challenges.
Consider the complexity: acquiring 3000 hours of varied audio data spanning 8 languages, each with 4 unique dialects. This data required meticulous segmentation and transcription.
Yet Shaip triumphed. Their comprehensive approach covered multiple facets:
- Data collection: Shaip gathered diversified data on voices across age, gender, education, and dialect.
- Data segmentation: Audio data underwent rigorous segmentation. We tagged each segment meticulously to ensure precision.
- Quality assurance: Every recording passed through stringent quality checks. Only the best made the cut.
- Data transcription: We needed quality work with impeccable accuracy. So, we captured every word, hesitation, and nuance with precision.
We created a high-quality audio dataset that empowers IIT Madras to craft impeccable speech recognition models across eight Indian languages as a result. The ripple effects of this collaboration will undoubtedly resonate across the digital world. It’ll bridge linguistic barriers to help create a truly inclusive digital India.