April 28, 2019

A team of scientists at IIT Madras have developed a method for reading documents in Bharati script using a multi-lingual optical character recognition (OCR) scheme.


  • What is it? Bharati is a unified script for nine Indian languages which is being proposed as a common script for India.

  • Scripts included: The scripts that have been integrated include Devnagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil. English and Urdu have not been integrated so far as they have a very different phonetic organisation.

  • Developers: It has been developed by team of researchers from IIT-Madras headed by Professor V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy.

  • Need of Bharti:
    • The Roman script is used as a common script for many European languages (English, French, German, Italian etc.), which facilitates communication across nations that speak and write those languages.

    • Likewise a common script for the entire country is hoped to bring down many communication barriers in India.

Source : The Hindu