Faculty Profile


Name : Girish Nath  Jha
Designation : Professor
Centre/School/Special Centre : Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies
Room No : 116
Off. Phone : 26738834, 26741308
Residence : 26741321
Email : girishjha@jnu.ac.in   girishjha@gmail.com
Personal webpage : http://www.jnu.ac.in/Faculty/gnjha


M.A : 1991, Linguistics, JNU, New Delhi
M.Phil : 1993, Linguistics (Computational Morphology), JNU, New Delhi
Ph.D : 1998, Linguistics (Machine Translation), JNU, New Delhi
M.A. : 1999, Linguistics (Natural Language Interface),University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA 

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Indian languages corpora and standards, Sanskrit and Hindi linguistics, Science & Technology in Sanskrit texts, Computational Lexicography, Machine Translation, e-learning, web based technologies, RDBMS techniques, software design and localization 


Director, International Collaboration, J.N.U. (Since May 2016)

Chairperson, Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, J.N.U. (Since 19 Feb 2016)

Professor of Computational Linguistics, Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, J.N.U (since 2014)

Concurrent Faculty, Center for Linguistics, SLL&CS, JNU (2013 - till date)

Associate Professor of Computational Linguistics, Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, J.N.U (2008 - 2014)

Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics, Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, J.N.U (2002 - 2008)

Software Development Specialist, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois, USA (2001 - 2002)

Software Engineer, Collaborative Technologies (renamed dChain Commerce), Champaign, Illinois, USA (1999 - 2001)

Research Assistant, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (1998 - 1999)

Research Assistant, Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (Summer, 1997)

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (1996-1998)

Guest/Visiting Faculty
Guest Professor, University of Wurzburg, Germany, under DAAD fellowship, November 2016 (forthcoming)

Visiting Professor, University of Florence, Italy, June-July 2016

Guest Lecturer under DAAD fellowship, Digital Humanities Department, University of Wurzburg, Germany, 2014

Guest Lecturer, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia, 2013

Mukesh & Priti Chatter Distinguished Professor of History of Science (Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA)2009-2012 

Awards & Honours

* KECSS Felicitation Award - 2016 for the revival and development of Sharada script by Kashmir Education, Culture and Science Society (KECSS), 26th Feb, 2016

* DAAD fellowship (Germany) to teach Computational Linguistics at University of Wurzburg, Germany in 2014

* Nominated to the Editorial Board of Springer for their journal Language Resource and Evaluation (LRE) since Feb 2010.

* Evaluated as Exceptional Programmer by the HKUSA software director, 2002

* Beckman Institute for Advance Science & Technology, University of Illinois Research Assistantship for advanced studies (Illinois, USA) 1998  

International Collaboration/Consultancy

* Nuance Communications consultancy for mobile keyboard for Indian languages (Feb - April 2016)

* Swiftkey consultancy for mobile phones predictive keyboard for minor Indian languages (Jan - March 2015)

* EZ Data Intelligence consultancy for research in smart text processors for medical domain, 2013 -

* Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA for Machine Translation for Indian Languages, July - August 2012

* Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA for narrow band data for language identification by computers, January - April 2011

* Center of Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA, for exploring scientific texts in Sanskrit, 2010-12

* Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Pune consultancy for Software Localization, 2007

* Microsoft Research India Lab, Bangalore for their POS tagging project for Indic languages, November 2006-January 2007

* Microsoft India on their project on Handwriting Recognition for Devanagari, February - June 2006

* Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha (then New Delhi)on their Database system for dialects of Hindi project (2002-2003) 

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5)

1. Srishti Singh, Girish Nath Jha, 2015, Statistical Tagger for Bhojpuri (employing Support Vector Machine), International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics (ICACCI), 2015, Pages: 1524 - 1529, DOI: 10.1109/ICACCI.2015.7275829

2. Girish Nath Jha, 2010, The TDIL program and the Indian Language Corpora Initiative (ILCI), Procs of the 7th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC`10), published by ELRA, isbn 2-9517408-6-7, pp982-985, Valletta, Malta, May 19-21, 2010

3. Madhav Gopal and Diwakar Mishra , Girish Nath Jha, 2009, Annotating Sanskrit corpus – adapting IL-POSTS, in Human Language Technology: Challenges for Computer Science and Linguistics (revised and selected papers from 4th LTC), pp 371-379, Zygmunt Vetulani (ed), Springer Verlag, Germany, 2009

4. Girish Nath Jha, Sudhir K Mishra , 2009, Semantic processing in Panini’s karaka system, (Lecture Notes in Computer Science series) 5402, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-642-00154-3 (Gérard P. Huet, Amba P. Kulkarni, Peter Scharf eds) pp 239-252, 2009

5. Girish Nath Jha, 2009, Inflectional Morphology Analyzer for Sanskrit, Sanskrit Computational Linguistics ( Lecture Notes in Computer Science series) 5402 Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-642-00154-3 (Gérard P. Huet, Amba P. Kulkarni, Peter Scharf ed. pp 219-238, 2009
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Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3)

Angela Marcantonio, Girish Nath Jha (ed.), 2012, Perspectives on the Origin of Indian Civilizations, DK Printworld, Delhi

Subhash Chandra, Girish Nath Jha, 2011, Computer Processing of Sanskrit Nominal Inflections: Methods and Implementation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Girish Nath Jha (ed), 2010, Sanskrit Computational Linguistics, proceedings of the 4th International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium, Springer Verlag, Germany  

Patents (if any)