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NCPUL releases advanced Urdu language software tools
Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:48 PM, News Network

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Monday released an updated and advanced Urdu Language Software Tools CD, 'Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS 5.0)' and Urdu children stories for Android based Aakash Tablet in New Delhi.

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While releasing the software CD Kapil Sibal, who was earlier Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, said that it was his dream project. He also rejected the notion that Urdu is the langauage of Muslims.

"India is the only country in the world where we have Hindi, Urdu and English, three powerful languages, for communication between people of diverse culture", he said.

Khwaja Ikramuddin, Director of the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), promised that the council will make it sure that the software is contineously upadted to meet the international standard.

"Till now we were depending on foreign countries for Urdu software. With the release of this software we have become self reliant, and we will make sure that it is updated regularly", he said.

The software have been developed by CDAC under the mentoring of TDIL Programme of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) under the patronage of the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL).

The National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Department of Higher Education, Government of India. It is actively involved in production of literature in the Urdu language, including books on science and other branches of modern knowledge, children's literature textbooks, reference works, encyclopedia and dictionaries.

"The updated and advanced 'Urdu Software Tools CD' is a set of standards compliant free software tools, that enables Windows and Linux users to carry out various task on computers in Urdu Language", an NPUL statement said.

"The software applications are organized under three categories namely desktop usage , internet usage, and other useful software utilities", it said.

This localized Operating System and tools will benefit the usage of Free / Open Source Software in India. The new release of BOSS 5.0, namely "ANOKHA" comes with many new applications focused on enhanced security and user friendliness.

The release also includes the software updates for various packages including Apache Server, BIND DNS Server, GNU Compiler collection, GIMP, MySQL, Open SSH, php, python, etc.

"Children stories for Android based Aakash Tablet is a collection of 21 educational literature books from National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL)", the statement said.

"TDIL Programme & FOSS group of DeitY and C-DAC will be further working with NCPUL under the overall guidance of DeitY for bringing out various standards, tools and technologies for Urdu language", the statement said.

The software are now also available for free download from

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