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(Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Higher Education)
Government of India
Manasagangotri, Mysore-570 006

NTM Translation Training Course

National Translation Mission (NTM), one of the Schemes under the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore announces a 3-week intensive training programme for those who want to take translation activity as their hobby or profession and for those translation professionals who want to refresh their knowledge in various theoretical aspects of translation. The participants will mainly include (a) young faculty and registered scholars in various departments of universities/colleges/institutions, (b) language officers working in different government and semi-government officers, (c) persons involved in CSTT activities, etc. The trainees are expected to translate the knowledge texts of NTM and thereby take part in the activities of the Mission in achieving its aims and objectives.

The NTM, a Government of India initiative, is to translate knowledge-texts into 22 languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. It is therefore an attempt to democratize knowledge by making it accessible to those who may have difficulty with English and to simultaneously create opportunities to modernize Indian languages and guarantee their growth in higher education. The NTM also seeks to create translation tools in print and web as well as identify and engage capable individuals in each translation related activity. 

Translating knowledge texts requires skills and orientation which are different from literary translation. The NTM seeks to prepare potential translators for knowledge text translation, orienting them about various theories and how theories and translation interact with each other, introducing available tools to acquaint them with the know-how of actual translation. 

With the foregoing in mind, the NTM is conducting a 3-week intensive training programme every month throughout the year. The intake for each programme is 40 participants. As this is an intensive programme, the participants are required to attend for full 3-week duration. The training will be given by popular practicing theoretical translators as well as academicians. 

A graduate in any subject, especially science and maths, with proficiency in English and one or more Scheduled language(s) is eligible for admission. 

Selected trainees will be paid travel expenditure by train in 2AC/3AC class, subject to their eligibility and production of tickets to and from Mysore. Boarding and lodging (on shared basis) will be arranged by the NTM. No fee will be charged from the trainees for taking this training. 

Interested persons may send a formal signed application (to be downloaded and can be filled from http://www.ciil.org under ANNOUNCEMENTS/NEW) along with copies of relevant certificates and testimonials, addressed to The Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasagangotri, Hunsur Road, Mysore 570 006. The application cover should be superscribed ‘Application for NTM Translation Training Course/Batch No. ...’ on the left hand top corner. Those who are in service or on any regular assignment may need to forward their applications through their employer or Heads of the Departments of Universities/Colleges/Institutions. Names of the selected candidates will be posted on the website of the CIIL.

Assistant Director (Admn.), CIIL


  1. The duration of the course will be 3 weeks.
  2. The course on ‘Introduction to Translation’ will have the following 8 units plus term paper and each unit will carry 100 marks.
    1. Theories of translation
    2. Translation: history, schools and theories
    3. Translation studies and linguistics
    4. Literary translation
    5. Culture and translation
    6. Translation quality assessment
    7. Scientific and technical translation
    8. Machine translation
  3. Each trainee has to submit either a term paper or a project work as assigned by the course Director/ Coordinator.
  4. The classes will be held for 6 days a week.
  5. There will be 4 periods per day and each period will be of 90 minutes duration.
  6. The schedule of the units are as given below:
    I week: Units 1, 2 and 3
    II week: Units 4, 5 and 6
    III week: Units 7 and 8
    Term paper and exams
  7. The pass mark will be 60% in aggregate.
  8. The classes will be taught by Resource Persons comprising teachers from universities, translation experts, theoretical translators, freelance translators, etc.
  9. The dates of the forthcoming batches are:
    III – 12th August 2013 to 2nd September 2013
    IV – 10th September 2013 to 30th September 2013 2013
    V – 19th October 2013 to 8th November 2013
    VI – 18th November 2013 to 8th December 2013 2014
    VII – 16th December 2013 to 5th January 2014
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