Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel (NBGP)

Aug. 13, 2018

Neo-Brahmi script Generation Panel (NBGP) is working on a proposal to enable registration of website names in 3 Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gurmukhi and Gujarati).

Brahmi script:

  • Meaning:
    • The Brahmi script is the ancestor of all scripts used to write Modern Indo-Aryan languages, Dravidian and to some extent scripts of Tibeto-Burman and Munda families.

    • It was also adopted by a large number of cultures in Southeast Asia and Central Asia.

  • Salient feature of Brahmi script:
    • It is written from left to right (though several specimens running from right to left have been found)

    • It has an angular shape. As it evolved, this angular feature was gradually replaced by rounded shapes in cultures where palm leaves were used as a medium of written communication.

    • Its key feature is the written syllable or akṣara. The akṣara system is based on the concept of admitting a full Consonant or Vowel as a node.

  • Evolution:
    • Brahmi evolved around the 3rd Century BC.

    • By around the 3rd Century AD, Brahmi script in India had already divided itself into two main styles: Northern and Southern.

    • Around the 12th Century AD, under the influence of vernacularisation (that went in parallel with Bhakti Movement) native scripts started growing.

  • Neo-Brahmi group:
    • It covers all such scripts used today and which are based on Brahmi.

    • The 9 neo-Brahmi scripts in India are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu scripts.

Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel (NBGP):

  • it was formed under ICANN by 9 communities belonging to Neo-Brahmi group.

  • NEGP consists of more than 60 technical experts and linguists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore, where these languages and scripts are used.

  • NBGP is working on a proposal to enable registration of website name extension – i.e. top level domain (TLD) like .com, .net, .in – in 3 Indian scripts. Later on it will work on the other 6 scripts.

  • With this, one can, e.g. enter the domain in Hindi to get Hindi content, instead of typing a domain name in English for this purpose, which is the current practice