New Delhi: The government launched a search engine that will help people in searching tourism-related queries across websites in five Indian languages.
The search engine, Sandhan (http://www.tdil-dc.in/sandhan/), was launched by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) Secretary J Satyanarayana here.
"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," an official statement said.
Sandhan can find response to queries on website in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.
The search engine user has the facility to 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, the statement said.
It 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 said.
"It has the capability to process the query based on its language and retrieves results only from that language," it added.
The search engine 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.
The search engine can display ten results at a time to the user to increase the readability, it added.