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Translation industry has vast potential in India: Pitroda

Nation : Translation industry has vast potential in
India: Pitroda

Posted by admin on 2006/10/11 10:00:12

New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) The translation industry has
the potential to generate more than 500,000 jobs in
India, and necessary recommendations would be made to
exploit the potential, said Knowledge Commission
Chairman Sam Pitroda Wednesday.

"We are working towards strengthening the translation
industry by opening state-run training institutions
and then open it for the private sector," Pitroda said
at a discussion organised by the Confederation of
Indian Industry (CII) here.

"The translation industry in India has been neglected
so far. India is a diverse country and we don't
understand each other's culture or languages. Why
can't a Bengali work be translated into a Gujarati
work?" he queried.

"That's the only way knowledge can be truly imparted."

Pitroda said the entire education system in India
needed a complete overhauling - right from
government-run schools to institutions of higher
education - since education was becoming a privilege
for the few who could afford it.

He added that the Knowledge Commission - set up by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005 - has given a
set of 10 recommendations in this regard to the
government and another set of 10 suggestions would be
made in a couple of months.

"Our recommendations cover areas like increasing the
number of universities to 1,500 from 350 in the next
few years. We have also given recommendations on
libraries, affirmative action, language, translations,
literacy and programmes," said Pitroda.

He hoped the recommendations would trigger wide
debates in society, and said: "I want criticism to
arise because that is how there will be change in
people's mindsets, which is very important for the
country to develop."

Pitroda - who led India's telecommunications
revolution of the 1980s and headed the Technology
Mission that covered areas like drinking water and
edible oils - said the government had accepted the
commission's paper on e-governance.

The Chicago-based technocrat-entrepreneur - who is
also part of a UN committee to help push technology
across the globe in the 21st century - said India had
a long way to go before it could call itself a