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Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology

Established on 1st October 1961, the main objective of  the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology was to evolve technical terminology in all Indian Languages. Presently, CSTT is functioning under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India with its headquarters at New Delhi.

The main function of the Commission is to evolve standard terminology, popularise its use and distribute it widely. In the process of evolution of scientific and technical terminology and reference material in Hindi and Indian Languages, the Commission shall have collaboration of State Governments, Universities, Regional Text-Book Boards and State Granth Academies.     

Twenty two State Granth Academies / State Text-Book Boards / Universities Cells, etc. are also associated with this Commission to produce University Level Text-Books / reference materials in Hindi and other Indian Languages with the use of standard terminology as evolved by the CSTT. 

Till date, CSTT has standardized the terminology of about eight lakhs technical terms in different subjects and in different languages. 

Till date, CSTT has published large number of Definitional Dictionaries, Glossaries, Text-Books, Reference Materials and Monographs, Quarterly Journals named ‘Vigyan Garima Sindhu’ and ‘Gyan Garima Sindhu’ and many more works of similar nature. It also regularly organizes workshops, seminars, symposium, conferences, orientation and training programmes to increase the use and popularize the standard terminology of Hindi and other Indian languages.

Duties and Functions of the Commission

The duties and functions of the Commission, at present can be outlined as: 

  • To evolve and define scientific and technical terms in Hindi and all Indian Languages and publish technical glossaries, definitional dictionaries, encyclopedia etc.
  • To see that the evolved terms and their definitions reach to students, teachers, scholars, scientists, officers etc.
  • To ensure proper usage/necessary updation/correction/improvement on the work done by obtaining feedback (through Workshops/Training programmes/Orientation programmes/Seminars). 
  • To encourage technical writings in Hindi and other Indian Languages by sponsoring Seminars/Conferences/Symposia on scientific and technical subjects.
  • To coordinate with all states to ensure uniformity of terminology in Hindi and other Indian languages. (Through State Government/Granth Academies/University Cells/ Glossary Clubs or other agencies)
  • To coordinate with all states to ensure uniformity of terminology in Hindi and other Indian Languages through State Government/Granth Academies/University Cells/ Glossary Clubs or other agencies.
  • To encourage publication of books, magazines and journals in Hindi and Indian Languages to popularize the usage of standard terminology evolved by the Commission.

Preparation Of English-Hindi And Hindi-English Technical Glossaries/Dictionaries


Students, scholars, teachers, researchers, scientists and others; who pursue their educational, institutional and official work in Hindi medium require standard technical terminology.

Preparation Of English-Regional Language Technical Glossaries/Dictionaries

Standard technical terminology in regional languages are required for the students and scholars pursuing their studies in regional languages.

Preparation Of Trilingual Glossaries/Dictionaries

In these glossaries, each English term has one equivalent in Hindi and one equivalent in any of the other Modern Indian Languages (as stated in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India).

Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology
Ministry of Human Resource Development
(Department of Higher Education)
West Block-VII, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
Phone: 011-26102882; 26105211
Fax: 011-26101220
Emails: chairman-cstt@gov.in 
chairman.cstt@gmail.com
dravanishkumar@gmail.com

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