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Central Institute of Indian Languages

The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) at Mysore, a subordinate office of the Ministry of Educationt, was set up in 1969 to help in evolving and implementing the language policy of Government of India and to coordinate the development of Indian Languages by conducting research in the areas of language analysis, language pedagogy, language technology and language use in the society. The Institute promotes Indian languages through several comprehensive schemes. For promotion of its objectives, CIIL organises a number of programmes, some of which are:

1. Development of Indian Languages

The Scheme seeks to develop Indian languages through research, development of human resource and the production of materials in modern Indian languages, including tribal/ minor/ minority languages.

2. Regional Language Centres (RLCs)

There are seven Regional Language Centres located at Bhubaneswar, Pune, Mysore, Patiala, Guwahati, Solan and Lucknow. The centres work for the implementation of the three language formula of the Government and preparation of instructional materials. The RLCs conduct teacher-training programmes wherein the secondary school teachers deputed by States and Union Territories are trained in languages other than their mother tongue.

3. Grant in Aid Scheme

Under Grant in aid scheme, CIIL provides financial assistance to individuals and voluntary organizations by supporting Bulk Purchase, Publication of manuscripts and Little Magazine in Indian Languages (other than Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi, Sanskrit and English) including tribal languages.

4. National Testing Service

On the basis of recommendations of National Knowledge Commission, MoE has set up National Translation Mission (NTM) with the main objective of functioning as a clearing house for all translation activities, both theoretical and practical, in as many Indian Languages as possible. Besides, the Mission also provides links between users of translated materials at different levels and in different activities to the public and private agencies

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