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Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT)

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Source: TH

Context: The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT) under the Union Ministry of Education is working on creating technical and scientific terminology in 10 underrepresented Indian languages.


More about the Initiative:

Objective To create scientific and technical terminology in 10 Indian languages so that textbooks can be developed in these tongues
Languages Covered Bodo, Santhali, Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani, Nepali, Manipuri, Sindhi, Maithili, and Sanskrit
Focus area To create fundamental (basic) dictionaries with 5,000 words per language in digital, searchable format, free of cost. 1,000-2,000 copies will be printed in each language
Disciplines covered Cover 15 disciplines including journalism, public administration, chemistry, botany, zoology, psychology, physics, economics, Ayurveda, mathematics, computer science, political science, agriculture, civil and electrical engineering
Distribution State education boards, universities, engineering institutes, and the National Testing Agency
Significance To address the paucity of study material created in regional languages primarily because of a lack of words to describe scientific phenomena and technical terms.

Also, the move is in line with the National Education Policy 2020 which promotes the use of regional languages as a medium of education in both school and college

About CSTT CSTT (est. 1961; HQ: New Delhi) was established under clause (4) of Article 344 of the Constitution of India, with the objective to evolve technical terminology in all Indian Languages.