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Seminar on application of Indian languages in Robotics held in UPES

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DEHRADUN, 9 Mar: The first ever conference of its kind “Application of Indian Languages in the Field of Robotics” was held in the Bidholi campus of UPES under the aegis of CSTT where subject matter experts, researchers and Academicians came together under one roof to discuss, debate and share various aspects of application of Indian languages in the domain of robotics and mechatronics. The two fold objective of this conference was to identify the areas where there is urgent need of intervention followed by the processes and methodologies which need to be undertaken to achieve comprehensive results. The gathering comprised of participants from various states of India, which included Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand.
Welcoming the dignitaries and the participants Arun Dhand, Senior Director, UPES drew attention of all to a major challenge that a rapidly digitizing multi-lingual country like India is faced with today and that being the operating languages, which he said, is currently limited to English and Hindi whereas the Indian Constitution recognizes 21 other languages. To monetize the “Digital India” mission it has become vital that Indian regional languages be included in the digital world so that the digital divide created due to this handicap could be mitigated. Dr Manish Prateek, Dean, School of Computer Science Engineering, UPES while proposing the agenda for the conference to get meaningful outcomes stressed on discussions on various applications of robotics including healthcare, Education, Manufacturing , Defence Equipment, Home Land security and construction.
Dr Iqbal Ahmed, Director, Technical Education, Skill Development , Training , Govt of Uttarakhand while speaking to the audience emphasized on the need to be incorporate regional languages in the ever growing digital world in order to provide a level playing field to youth across India. He focussed on the fast developing fields of Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, and Embedded systems.
Mr Deepak Kumar, Assistant Director, CSTT in his talk spoke about the opportunities, which exist in CSTT for researchers and Academicians. Prof Avnish Singh, Chairman of CSTT (Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology) under MHRD, Govt of India in his presentation gave a bird’s eye view of all that has been done by CSTT since the time it was established in 1961 which not only came as a revelation for many but also was also highly appreciated by the audience.
The organizing team of this conference from school of Computer Science Engineering in UPES led by Dr Vishal Kaushik, Assistant Professor included Ankit Vishnoi & Gagan Deep Singh. Dr Pankaj Misra & Ninni Singh compered the inaugural function.