Virtual Resource Centre for Language Computing (VRCLC) is established at IIITM-K to promote language computing research and development to bridge the digital divide and leverage the power of Information Technology. A country like India, which values its culture, heritage and language, is greatly in need of local language computing so as to combat the dominance of English in computing and also to reach out to information access in local languages at everybody’s doorstep.
India has had about 25 years of history in language computing (LC) which has gone through its ups and down. But during the last decade there has been a paradigm shift with a significant leap to LC as a new computing arena. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), India initiated Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) with the objective of developing Information Processing Tools and Techniques to facilitate human-machine interaction without language barrier; creating and accessing multilingual knowledge resources; and integrating them to develop innovative user products and services.