The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Government of India, has launched a search engine, named Sandhan, that will help people in searching tourism-related queries across websites in five Indian languages. Sandhan can find response to queries on website in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil ,Telugu and display ten results at a time to the user to increase the readability.
A user can submit a query either with the help of in-script keyboard or phonetic keyboard and in case of in-script keyboard, user can type using the keyboard or onscreen keyboard can be used to submit a query to the system.
According to an official statement, Sandhan has been developed by 120 researchers of 12 institutions over a period of 6 years led by Pushpak Bhattacharya under the supervision of Technology Development for Indian Languages at DEITY. The statement further said, “This will fill the wide gap that exists in fulfilling the information needs of Indians not conversant with English- estimated at 90 per cent of the population.It has the capability to process the query based on its language and retrieves results only from that language.”
Sandhan is a mission mode project of a consortium of academic and research institutions, and industry partners lead by IIT Bombay.The members of the consortium include CDAC Noida, IIT Kharagpur, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Anna University, CDAC Pune, Indian Institute of Information Technology among others, the statement said.