The Department of Information Technology (DIT) in India has come out with an interesting initiative that it sure to induce more people into acquainting themselves with the world of the PC.
DIT has introduced CDs containing software tools and fonts in seven Indian languages, which will be distributed absolutely free to the public. The seven languages include Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, and Urdu.
Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Dayanidhi Maran, released the CDs in the seven regional languages.
Previously, Tamil, Telegu and Hindi were the only three languages in which CDs of software tools and fonts were available. However the latest initiative is considered to be a milestone in a series of releases of software tools and fonts in various Indian languages.
The language tools and fonts are not only available on the CDs but you can also get free downloads of them from www.ildc.in and www.ildc.gov.in
All CDs feature true type fonts with keyboard driver and multi-font keyboard engine, Unicode compliant open type fonts, and keyboard driver, generic fonts code, and storage code converter, localized as well as English version of Bharateeya, Spellchecker, bilingual dictionary, transliteration tool, language tutor package, etc.
All regional language CDs have been developed/consolidated by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), an autonomous scientific society under the administrative control of the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.
C-DAC has also joined hands with several academia, R&D labs, and private industries under the patronage of DIT for this initiative.