Internet search engine for Hindi soon

By agencies   |   Monday, 25 April 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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CHENNAI: After developing the world's first search engine for Tamil language websites, the Anna University-K B Chandrasekar Foundation is now in the process of developing an Internet search engine for Hindi.

"We are at the second stage of the development of Hindi search engine," S. Bhaskar, a research scientist at the Language Technologies division of the foundation said.

The Language Technologies division, which comprises of 16 scientists, last year, developed a search engine for Tamil websites, which can do both site specific and web searches.

Bhaskar said the Hindi search engine would be ready in a few months. Now, only ‘www.webduniya.com’ posseses a Hindi search engine. The Hindi search engine would search the contents of several Hindi websites to produce a result, which is not possible in the existing search engines.

The foundation is a novel private-public initiative, where Chadrasekhar provided the University and the initial seed capital of 70 million. Chandrasekhar belongs to the 1983 batch of Madras Institute of Technology.

The foundation, Bhaskar said, was also looking at developing Internet search engines in other languages like Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. The AUKBC Foundation is now self-sufficient by earning handsome revenues through the various research products.


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