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Indian language scripts may appear in internet domain from next year

The move aims to facilitate Indians, who do not know English, to become internet users

B Dasarath Reddy  |  Hyderabad 

Indian language scripts may appear in internet domain from next year

At least some of the Indian may start appearing in the domain names next year, effectively ending the monopoly of English over the medium in the country. The process of finalising the necessary rule sets for 22 Indian languages identified by Government of India was progressing towards this direction, say the Indian officials involved in this exercise.

The move is aimed to facilitate millions of those who have no knowledge of English to become the users in the country, which already ranks number 2 in terms of the users next to China.

"Next year, I hope, at least a few of these 22 languages will be seen appearing in the domain names," Samiran Gupta, head of India at the Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) said on Wednesday.

The work on the multi-lingual involving the neo-Brahmi such as Gujarati, Bengali ,Telugu and Tamil etc has been currently going on at C-DAC(Center for Development of Advanced Computing) and the rule sets being created for each of these would be put out for public feedback before introducing them for writing domain names soon, according to him.

However, this would only be a partial achievement as far as putting the Indian on a par with English or Chinese or Russian among other languages whose were universally accepted in creating the domain names with them. What will be followed after this is the creation of e-mail ids in those and their universal acceptance across the e-mail service providers, according to Gupta.

The ICANN is holding its 57th meeting in Hyderabad from November 3-9, 2016 amidst India-backed efforts to embrace Indian and setting a stage to expand the user base much faster across the country.

Announcing the agenda and topics of the upcoming ICANN's meeting on Wednesday, Rahul Gosain, Director, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) stated that almost half of the 1 billion new users of the world would be added by India on the back of these and other efforts by the Government of India.

This is the second time India has been hosting the meeting of the body, which had held its 31st meeting in India in February 2008. The present conference assumes a particular significance by being the first meeting ahead of the transition of governance of into a multi stake-holder community model from the stewardship of the US Government. ICANN is expected to evolve the new form of governance of at its Hyderabad meeting, which is being co-hosted by Telangana government.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICANN president and CEO Goran Marby among others will attend the formal inaugural session on November 5. The MeitY's mission was to promote inclusivity and sustainable growth of the electronics, enhance Indian's role in governance and enhance efficiency through digital services and a secure cyber space, the Ministry official said.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the Hyderabad meeting include: governance, enhancing accountability of ICANN, ongoing work on multilingual internet, in particular the Neo-Brahmi scripts, as well as updates on the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) programme, said ICANN Asia Pacific vice president and managing director Jia-Rong Low.

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Indian language scripts may appear in internet domain from next year

The move aims to facilitate Indians, who do not know English, to become internet users

The move aims to facilitate Indians, who do not know English, to become internet users

At least some of the Indian may start appearing in the domain names next year, effectively ending the monopoly of English over the medium in the country. The process of finalising the necessary rule sets for 22 Indian languages identified by Government of India was progressing towards this direction, say the Indian officials involved in this exercise.

The move is aimed to facilitate millions of those who have no knowledge of English to become the users in the country, which already ranks number 2 in terms of the users next to China.

"Next year, I hope, at least a few of these 22 languages will be seen appearing in the domain names," Samiran Gupta, head of India at the Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) said on Wednesday.

The work on the multi-lingual involving the neo-Brahmi such as Gujarati, Bengali ,Telugu and Tamil etc has been currently going on at C-DAC(Center for Development of Advanced Computing) and the rule sets being created for each of these would be put out for public feedback before introducing them for writing domain names soon, according to him.

However, this would only be a partial achievement as far as putting the Indian on a par with English or Chinese or Russian among other languages whose were universally accepted in creating the domain names with them. What will be followed after this is the creation of e-mail ids in those and their universal acceptance across the e-mail service providers, according to Gupta.

The ICANN is holding its 57th meeting in Hyderabad from November 3-9, 2016 amidst India-backed efforts to embrace Indian and setting a stage to expand the user base much faster across the country.

Announcing the agenda and topics of the upcoming ICANN's meeting on Wednesday, Rahul Gosain, Director, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) stated that almost half of the 1 billion new users of the world would be added by India on the back of these and other efforts by the Government of India.

This is the second time India has been hosting the meeting of the body, which had held its 31st meeting in India in February 2008. The present conference assumes a particular significance by being the first meeting ahead of the transition of governance of into a multi stake-holder community model from the stewardship of the US Government. ICANN is expected to evolve the new form of governance of at its Hyderabad meeting, which is being co-hosted by Telangana government.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICANN president and CEO Goran Marby among others will attend the formal inaugural session on November 5. The MeitY's mission was to promote inclusivity and sustainable growth of the electronics, enhance Indian's role in governance and enhance efficiency through digital services and a secure cyber space, the Ministry official said.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the Hyderabad meeting include: governance, enhancing accountability of ICANN, ongoing work on multilingual internet, in particular the Neo-Brahmi scripts, as well as updates on the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) programme, said ICANN Asia Pacific vice president and managing director Jia-Rong Low.

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Indian language scripts may appear in internet domain from next year

The move aims to facilitate Indians, who do not know English, to become internet users

At least some of the Indian may start appearing in the domain names next year, effectively ending the monopoly of English over the medium in the country. The process of finalising the necessary rule sets for 22 Indian languages identified by Government of India was progressing towards this direction, say the Indian officials involved in this exercise.

The move is aimed to facilitate millions of those who have no knowledge of English to become the users in the country, which already ranks number 2 in terms of the users next to China.

"Next year, I hope, at least a few of these 22 languages will be seen appearing in the domain names," Samiran Gupta, head of India at the Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) said on Wednesday.

The work on the multi-lingual involving the neo-Brahmi such as Gujarati, Bengali ,Telugu and Tamil etc has been currently going on at C-DAC(Center for Development of Advanced Computing) and the rule sets being created for each of these would be put out for public feedback before introducing them for writing domain names soon, according to him.

However, this would only be a partial achievement as far as putting the Indian on a par with English or Chinese or Russian among other languages whose were universally accepted in creating the domain names with them. What will be followed after this is the creation of e-mail ids in those and their universal acceptance across the e-mail service providers, according to Gupta.

The ICANN is holding its 57th meeting in Hyderabad from November 3-9, 2016 amidst India-backed efforts to embrace Indian and setting a stage to expand the user base much faster across the country.

Announcing the agenda and topics of the upcoming ICANN's meeting on Wednesday, Rahul Gosain, Director, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) stated that almost half of the 1 billion new users of the world would be added by India on the back of these and other efforts by the Government of India.

This is the second time India has been hosting the meeting of the body, which had held its 31st meeting in India in February 2008. The present conference assumes a particular significance by being the first meeting ahead of the transition of governance of into a multi stake-holder community model from the stewardship of the US Government. ICANN is expected to evolve the new form of governance of at its Hyderabad meeting, which is being co-hosted by Telangana government.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICANN president and CEO Goran Marby among others will attend the formal inaugural session on November 5. The MeitY's mission was to promote inclusivity and sustainable growth of the electronics, enhance Indian's role in governance and enhance efficiency through digital services and a secure cyber space, the Ministry official said.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the Hyderabad meeting include: governance, enhancing accountability of ICANN, ongoing work on multilingual internet, in particular the Neo-Brahmi scripts, as well as updates on the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) programme, said ICANN Asia Pacific vice president and managing director Jia-Rong Low.

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