Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai organized a training programme on Unicode computing from July 1 to 31, 2010. Through this training, information on MANTRA translation software which can translate around 20 Indian languages to Hindi, conversion of fonts, dictation software and information on on-line examination for Prabodh, Praveen and Pragya were also given.
Unicode is a universal character encoding system that is used primarily to represent various characters and symbols expressed in different writing styles around the world. Any data, irrespective of whether it is a text or a symbol, is stored inside a computer in the form of numbers. These numbers are then decoded by the operating systems and transformed to letters that become visible on the computer screen. An International Unicode Consortium was incorporated in the year 1991 to design and develop a standard international text character encoding system called Unicode Transformation Format or UTF that can support multilingual computer processing.
Through this training, trainees were motivated and many of them started typing in Hindi for their day-to-day work. This training also fulfilled the mandatory requirement that the Unicode software must be installed in every computer in the government offices. The three trainers were Assistant Directors in the Hindi Teaching Scheme from Pune and Mumbai.
97 staff members in the Scientific, Technical and Administrative category of the ICAR were imparted the training.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from CIRCOT, Mumbai)