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New search engine for Indian languages

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CHENNAI, NOV. 1. A multi-lingual Internet search engine for Indian languages and a Tamil-Hindi translation software are among the 12 products developed by the AU-KBC (Anna University-K.B. Chandrasekar) Research Centre.

The machine-aided translation system produces easily editable drafts in the target language and is ideal for small enterprises having business interests across India. It is eminently suitable for translating correspondence, e-mail messages and chat transcripts.

C.N. Krishnan, the Director of the Centre and Professor of Electronics at the university's M.I.T campus, said the search engine had the ability to perform site-specific and web search. He was briefing press persons at the signing of an agreement between the Anna University and the KBC Research Foundation here today to commercialise the products.

Other products developed by the Centre include "Web Guard," a hardware solution for protecting websites against defacement; Public Key Infrastructure, to secure transactions over enterprise networks and Industrial Pattern Recognition System, for recognising faces and objects. Mr. Krishnan said "Web Guard" was awaiting certification from the Union Ministry of Information Technology. A core team of 70 persons, including students, research faculty and engineers, were engaged in research at the Centre, which had been established with Rs. 6 crores in investment by K.B. Chandrasekar, a former alumnus of the university.

The KBC Research Foundation, a company funded by Mr. Chandrasekar, Chairman of JamCracker Inc. in the U.S., would commercialise the products and technologies on a revenue sharing basis with the university.

The Anna University Vice-Chancellor, E. Balagurusamy, said the Foundation had agreed to pay 10 per cent royalty to the university as against the "normal rate of three to four per cent."

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