A very serious concerns in the Indian higher education scenario is that there is a paucity of high quality learning material at the graduate and postgraduate levels in Indian languages. Millions of students do not have access to good material, losing out on learning opportunities. In our work with diverse students from different parts of the country, we decided to launch a a large scale translations initiative.
To do our part to bridge this serious gap, we work on translating academic reading and pedagogic material into different languages. We create these translations for the use of teachers and educators in higher education programmes, with a focus on Kannada and Hindi for now.
We plug serious gaps in the higher education sector by translating learning materials into Indian languages.
Translating academic readings at the Master’s Level
It is our work to build a movement to make available quality graduate, post graduate level texts and readings in Indian languages in different disciplines. A primary part of our work involves translating academic readings and book chapters for Master’s programmes in the fields of development and education.
Collaborative and institutional work
We engage in a variety of projects in collaboration with several individuals and institutions, to bring high quality materials to anyone who seeks to make the classroom a meaningful environment for learners. We emphasise an institutional model for translations where academicians from different disciplines are involved in translating and reviewing course readings.
Bringing materials to our networks of educational institutions and organisations
We develop readers to help student-teachers, teachers, teacher-educators and educationalists in general. We create readers in Basics of Language, Language Learning and Teaching, and Reading and Writing. We strengthen networks in collaboration with Azim Premji Foundation and develop vibrant relationship with eminent higher education institutions and organisations. We are working to translate 50 lakh words of the entire MA in Education programme and undergraduate materials in science degrees.
We are among the largest translations initiatives that exist in the country at the moment. We have a network of 450 translators in 20 leading academic institutions and have conducted 50 capacity building workshops.
Over 3 years, we have translated over 50 lakh words in subjects ranging from teachers and teaching, science education and language education.
Seminars and discussions
We organise Kannada and Hindi seminars and discussions to build an academic climate for discourse among stakeholders. This process is towards generating new materials in Hindi and Kannada. We conduct capacity building workshops for translators.
Collation of material in Kannada and Hindi
We identify, select, and ensure the collation of appropriate and good quality materials already available in Hindi and Kannada. We develop readers and academic books by identifying subject areas with gaps in content. We ensure that translated materials are written with exceptional clarity in the target language. We pay great attention to the cohesive narratives and syntax and structure of translations, to ensure that the cadence suits Hindi and Kannada.