Category – E-Culture & Heritage (FINALIST)

SHIKSHAKA: A Framework for Bridging the Language Gap

Shikshaka is a computer-based, open source, customizable tool developed to facilitate and ease the process of teaching and learning a new language. This computer assisted language teaching framework built by University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka provides for and enables the learning Tamil in Sinhala and Sinhala in English. The framework consists of three sections, i.e. Dialogue, Grammar and Exercises. In the Dialogue section the teacher can add conversational examples and make them more attractive by using images and audio content. The exercises relevant to the particular chapter can be included in the Exercise section. Moreover, the system is designed in a manner that it can be easily adapted and localized for other languages.

Original Title : SHIKSHAKA: A framework for bridging the language gap

Producer : University of Colombo School of Computing

Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA

Media Format : CD/DVD

Language : Sinhala, English, Tamil

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Disha – Sanskrit Manuscripts

The Sanskrit Manuscript Collection of the Saraswati Mahal Library, Tanjore dates back to the 16th century and includes manuscripts which record the writings of poets who composed during the Nayak and Maratha periods. Disha – Sanskrit Manuscripts is an initiative that has created an online repository or catalogues of Sanskrit manuscripts and digitally archived thousand of original manuscripts preserved in the Saraswati Mahal and other important libraries of the country. The manuscripts were digitised to ensure keyword based search facility and the site lets the user explore according to category, subject and author. Digital preservation is the most viable and the only major technological alternative available to us for safe guarding our fast diminishing heritage.

Original Title : Disha – Sanskrit Manuscripts

Producer : National Informatics Centre, Andhra Pradesh State Centre

Location : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Media Format : Broadband/online

Language : English/Sanskrit

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Vimanika Comics

Founded on the belief that the values and philosophy of India’s mythological stories are relevant even today, Vimanika Comics showcase Indian mythology to the current generation in comics and graphic novel formats. The comics present ancient stories and myths in ways that young readers can relate to and understand them. For instance, Legend of Karna, narrates the tale of Karna, a mythical character from the Mahabharata, and runs a parallel story that deals with Karna’s reincarnation in the present times as a business tycoon. By contemporizing Indian myths, the stories and their morals can be preserved and even popularised. To ensure that they reach out to a wider audience, plans are afoot to venture into animation, video gaming, mobile comics and merchandising.

Original Title : Vimanika Comics

Producer : Vimanika Comics

Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA

Media Format : Broadband/online

Language : English

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