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SOIL-Tech 2018 : Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages - Technology


When Oct 11, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Where JNU New Delhi
Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2018
Notification Due Sep 4, 2018
Final Version Due Sep 10, 2018
Categories    indian languages   NLP   language technology   language resources

Call For Papers

संस्कृत एवं अन्य भारतीय भाषाएं - प्रौद्योगिकी

Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages -Technology (SOIL-Tech)

Jointly organized by

School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, JNU


Bharatiya Bhasha Manch

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Date: Thursday-Saturday, 11-13th October 2018

Venue: Convention Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


Main website – (For English version) (For Hindi version)

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Indian language technology stands at a critical juncture today. On one hand, linguistic and cultural diversities give Indian languages freedom and independence; make them dynamic; on the other hand, the lack of technology and related resources, is making them less competitive in the digital age. The ability of the Sanskrit language i.e. its standard grammar; acceptability and closeness with the four main language families along with the computational complexity of 1761 languages, has attracted the language technology community.

The influence of Sanskrit has been significant not only on all Indian languages but also on Indian culture and mind. About 77% of the languages belong to the Indo Aryan family and almost all the scripts come from Brahmi. The Paninian system and vocabulary, linguistic and literary criteria – all have been influential on the entire linguistic map of India.

In view of the above role and facts; and the Indian government's undertakings in Indian languages; also keeping in view the absence of technology and related content, JNU and the Bhartiya Bhasha Manch have decided to jointly organize a 3 day conference to initiate a discussion on the present status of language technology for Indian languages and formulate guidelines for further research initiatives.

The broader objectives of the SOIL-Tech will be

To create a White Paper for 22 scheduled Indian languages

To investigate challenges related to creating and sharing various levels of language resources on Sanskrit and Other Indian languages

To provide a space for dialogue between Indian language resource developers and users

To form dedicated groups in creating critical technologies for Indian languages


August 12, 2018 Paper submissions due

September 04, 2018 Notification of results

September 10, 2018 Camera-ready papers due

October 11-13, 2018 Conference


Papers must describe original, completed or in progress, and unpublished work. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two program committee members.

Accepted papers will be given up to 10-20 pages (for white papers), 10 pages (for research papers) and 5 pages for short papers/posters in the conference proceedings and can be presented as either oral presentation or poster.

Papers should be formatted according to the SOIL-Tech style-sheet, which is available on the SOIL-Tech 2018 website (
Please submit papers in PDF format through EasyChair website (

We are seeking submissions under the following categories

Full papers (10 pages)

Short papers (work in progress – 5 pages)

In the past few years, as more resources have been developed and made available, an increased activity in the development of usable technology with reference to White Papers has been observed. Hence, SOIL-Tech conference will put special focus on “white papers” of Indian Language Technology on similar lines as done by the EU’s project META-NET. In addition, we are inviting technical, policy and position paper submissions on the following topics related to Indian Language Technological resources:

Corpora - text, speech, multimodal, methodologies, annotation and tools

Digital Humanities


Formal grammars

Heritage computing

Information Extraction and retrieval,

Language resources for NLP,

Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries

Machine Translation


Strategies for digitization of ancient manuscripts

Digital Library

Speech Technology

Standards or specifications for language resources applications

Web Semantics

Both, submissions and review processes, will be handled electronically. The review process will be double-blind. The conference website will provide submission guidelines very soon.

For further information on this initiative, please refer to

Conference Chairs

Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Vrshabh Prasad Jain, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch and MGAHU, Wardha

Organising Committee (to be updated)

Atul Kothari, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch

Anupam Shukla, ABV IIIT, Gwalior

C U Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Ramnath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Sudhir K Arya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Santosh Kumar Shukla, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Brijesh Pandey, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Rajnish Kumar Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Satyamurty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Gopal Lal Meena, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Hari Ram Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

T Mahendar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Program Committee (to be updated)

Adil Amin Kak, Kashmir University

Arul Mozhi, University of Hyderabad

Asif Iqbal, IIT Patna, Patna

Anil Kumar Singh, IIT BHU, Benaras

Bogdan Babych, University of Leeds, UK

Dipti Mishra Sharma, IIIT, Hyderabad

Diwakr Mishra, EZDI, Ahmedabad

Dorothee Beermann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Elizabeth Sherley, IITM-Kerala, Trivandrum

Esha Banerjee, Google, USA

Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Jyoti DPawar, Goa University

Kalika Bali, MSRI, Bangalore

Lars Hellan, NTNU, Norway

Malhar Kulkarni, IIT Bombay

Manji Bhadra, Bankura University, West Bengal

Massimo Monaglia, University of Florence, Italy

Monojit Choudhary, MSRI Bangalore

Narayan Choudhary, CIIL, Mysore

Niladri Shekhar Dash, ISI Kolkata

Panchanan Mohanty, University of Hyderabad

Pinky Nainwani, Cognizent Pvt.Ltd, Bangalore

Pushpak Bhattacharya, Director, IIT Patna

Ritesh Kumar, Agra University

S.S. Agrawal, KIIT, Gurgaon, India

Sachin Kumar, CDAC-Pune


Shivaji Bandhopadhyay, Director, NIT, Silchar

Sobha L, Director, AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University

Subhash Chandra, Delhi University

Swaran Lata, Head, TDIL, MCIT, Govtof India

Vishal Goyal, Punjabi University, Patiala

Conference Manager:

Atul Kr. Ojha, Sr. NLP Research Engineer, MTEP project @JNU

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