Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995. At present the Institute has eleven departments and three inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes. Within a short period of time, IIT Guwahati has been able to build up world class infrastructure for carrying out advanced research and has been equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instruments. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati's campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 kms. from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and with hills and vast open spaces on others, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning.
Centre for Linguistic Science & Technology
The structure of center is interdisciplinary, diverse projects involving various streams of specialization will contribute towards building a knowledge base and developing technologies for the NE languages in particular. Some collaborators in center are already in possession of sponsored projects that are run in an interdisciplinary manner. For example, the DeITy sponsored project aimed at archiving and preserving speech data has interdisciplinary research interests.
The center will be built in the area of language and primary functions of the center will include preservation and archiving of minority languages spoken in India, speech and written text analysis of the languages and technology development in Indian languages with special emphasis on NE Indian languages.
As part of the goal to archive and preserve the local languages, the center will aim at creating speech and text databases for the languages spoken in the North East, specifically the minority languages.
The center will be responsible for disseminating information and technology developed in the center at both local and global levels. At the local level, the center will be focused in empowering the local communities in the NE region by making the center's knowledge and experience available to the communities. At the same time the center will be a nodal center that will involve and mentor other institutions in the area in the field of research and development especially in language analysis and related technology development.
At the global level, the center envisions itself as a storehouse of information regarding the languages of the NE region. As most of the languages spoken in this area belong to the Tibeto-Burman family, information provided about the NE languages will help global understanding of the languages of this family. The speech and text database created by the center surely be of global interest. Hence, the center envisions disseminating information to the global community through the Internet.
The center aims at collaboration among different streams namely, computer science, linguistics, optical character recognition, handwriting recognition, speech technology and typography.
In the domain of computer science, the focus of the center will be natural language processing and development of language resources for major languages of NE. The resources will include synset dictionary, POS tagged data, Parallel Corpora and Transliteration data. In addition, the center will also work on creating parallel resources in some major Indian languages. The center will focus its attention on crowd-based model for creating language resources. Apart from that, data will also be sourced from the web. This part of the project aims at creating tools for NE languages such as Morphological Analyzers/ Synthesizers, Automatic POS tagger, NE Transliteration and Unknown Word Transliteration Module, Translation Memory Tool for Human editing etc.
In the domain of linguistics, the center will focus at the languages spoken in the NE region and explore the languages through analysis and experiments. The linguists in the center will aim at building an archive for the speech and text resources that will aid phonology, phonetics, syntactic processing and technology development areas as also for the proper understanding of these languages by linguists, speech technologists, NLP specialists for further research and development. This center aims at creating speech corpora of languages spoken in the North-East India primarily because there is not much work done in these languages. As mentioned before, most of the languages that belong to the NE area are Tibeto-Burman languages and many are Austro-Asiatic languages. That set them apart from the Indo-European languages. Hence, from typological and technology development perspective, these languages will pose a completely different set of challenges that this center will try to address. The center will also archive grammars, linguistic texts etc. on the languages of NE and make them available to the local and global communities.
From the experimental linguistics perspective the center may investigate the integration of visual and linguistic information in spoken language comprehension. It also aims at investigating language processing in bi/multilingual population of the region. Linguists in the project will also examine the role of script/or the lack of it in non-linguistic processing etc.
Gauhati University was established by an act of the State Legislature, namely, the Gauhati University Act 1947 (Assam Act, XVI of 1947), of the Government of Assam in the year 1948. The University is funded by the University Grants Commission and the Government of Assam. Besides, various agencies of the Central and State Governments provide various grants and assistance for Research and other Academic activities. The University is in its 58th year of existence, and is the oldest, the largest, and the most premiere seat of higher education in the entire North Eastern Region of India.
The first Court meeting of the University was held on 26-1-48 at the old Sudmerson Hall of Cotton College, Guwahati. Accordingly the date '26 January' is observed as the Foundation Day of Gauhati University. Thanks to the relentless and untiring efforts of a band of dedicated workers like Gopinath Bordoloi (the first Chief Minister of Assam. He was awarded 'Bharat Ratna' posthumously), Madhab Bezbarua, Bhubaneswar Barua, Sarat Chandra Goswami, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (former President of India), and many others, and the help and co-operation of the people of Assam, the University could be established in 1948.
The University which started functioning from the city centre was shifted to the present campus in 1955-56.The University has been awarded a "B" Grade on a four point scale, the score point of the Gauhati University being 2.91 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of UGC.Our objective is to revitalize its educational leadership and transform the University from an institution of higher education to an institution of higher development of the intellect, the will, and the moral; through continuous self-development, collaboration and sharing of knowledge with institutions of excellence. For more details please visit website
Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal
Bharat had been a world leader in all fields of knowledge – scientific and humanistic. The British system aimed at destroying the inclusive, value-based education imbued in national pride that led to realization of one’s identity. It is unfortunate, that although the British left Bharat, they left behind a legacy of a colonial mindset that is still implementing this destructive educational system. It has created a lost generation devoid of national pride and self-identity. Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal started its work in the educational sector in 1969 with a view of awakening patriotism and nationalism. Our great visionary ancestors had divised and nurtured a scientific educational system that complemented and supported all eras. Shikshan Mandal is working in 22 states and 220 districts of Bharat based on this universal principles. The mission of imbuing Bharatiya education with ‘Bharatiyata’ for national regeneration is – Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal! Recpect of the diversity and recognition and acceptance of the inherent oneness in the universe are the foundational principles of Bhartityata. An education based on these principles aims at creation of a national character by realisation of the divinity creation of an integrated and developed society based on dharma. The main motive of Shikshan Mandal is formulation of an education system based on Guru-Shishya tradition, which also evaluates the wholistic knowledge of a student. Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal has developed a five-dimentional agenda for this purpose -- Research, Awareness, Ttraining, Publishing, and Organisation to support. The aim is to enable society to rediscover the Bharatiya way of life and therefore recreate Indeginous Model of education. For more details, please visit Website