The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced the launch of its India office at the department of information technology (DIT), New Delhi. The W3C office will function under the aegis of Human Centered Computing Division, which is implementing the 'Technology Development for Indian Languages' (TDIL) programme.
TDIL programme is engaged in this actively, since 2006, with all the stakeholders in the country and is working towards adoption of standard web technology for Indian languages.
A two-day conference on internet technology, standards and internationalisation also began in New Delhi today to mark the launching of W3C India Office.
Formally launching the W3C India Office, minister of state for communication and information technology Sachin Pilot said the office would go a long way in accelerating the growth of web in Indian languages.
"India is committed to the goal of 'Internet for All', and the government in close co-operation with other stakeholders has taken several steps in this direction," the minister said.
Emphasising the need for taking the benefit of information communication technology (ICT) to the masses, the minister said that engagement with W3C in building all the required standards would facilitate information access on World Wide Web regardless of languages, location, ability, generation, age and income. Besides facilitating wider access of web by common men, it will also equip them to provide locally relevant content on the internet. Such initiative will play a great role in reducing poverty, improving health care, education, spreading good governance and addressing all local challenges in the global context.