Dr. Sukhada

Assistant Professor
Department/School/Unit Name
Department of Humanistic Studies IIT (BHU)
Phone No(s): Office: 716-5065
Email: sukhada.hss@iitbhu.ac.in
Area of Interest: Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Machine Translation, Vedic Philosophy, Sixteen Saṃskāras

Dr. Sukhada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at IIT(BHU), Varanasi. She did her PhD in Computational Linguistics from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. She has received the traditional degrees of Vyakaranacharya & Niruktacharya from Arsha Shodha Sansthana, Hyderabad.
She is a core member of the group that developed Anusaaraka: A Language Accessor cum Machine Translation System.
Her primary research interests lie in Machine Translation, Natural Language Processing, application of the Indian grammatical framework to modern technologies, Sanskrit Computational Linguistics, Vedic philosophy, Human Values, Health and the 16 sanskaras.

    Watch my interview with DD Varanasi:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJQb8xT15DI&t=0s
    Watch my interview with DD  News:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNVx16SaP8E



Peer Reviewed Journal:
  • Roy, S. Sukhada. Singh, Anil Kr. 'Constructive Use of Punctuation in Indian English News headlines'. Journal of Language and Linguistics. March, 2022. 
  • Sharda S. Nandram,  Puneet K. Bindlish, Sukhada, Arjun Kumar Shrestha. Spirituality led Ethical Decision making with Yogic Yamas and Niyamas. In: Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion. (Accepted/In press), (2021), DOI: https://doi.org/10.51327/EHZW1674
  • Sharda S. Nandram, Sukhada, Ankur Joshi, Puneet K. Bindlish. Understanding Human Values through Integrative Dialogue: The method of Śāstrārtha. In: Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality and Management - The Legacy of S.K.Chakraborty, Dr. Sanjoy Mukherjee and Prof. László Zsolnai (Editors), (Accepted/In press), (2021), DOI: 10.1007/978-981-19-1158-3_8
  • Sharda Nandram, Ankur Joshi, Sukhada, Vishwanath Dhital. Delivering Holistic Education for Contemporary Times: Banasthali Vidyapith and Gurukula System, International Journal of Business and Globalisation. 2019
  • Sukhada and Dipti M Sharma, Analyzing English Phrases from Paninian Perspective, 17th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2016) April 3-9, 2016 in Konya, Turkey, in a special issue of the journal Research in Computing Science (RCS),
Book Chapter:
Conference Papers:
  1. Sukhada, Veera Hymavathi Sirisipalli and Soma Paul. Generation of MRS Abstract Predicates from Paninian USR (Accepted). HPSG 2023: 30th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. July 2023.
  2. Kirti Garg, Soma Paul, Sukhada, Fatema Bawahir and Riya Kumari. Evaluation of Universal Semantic Representation (USR). DMR 2023, The 4th International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representation. in Nancy, France. June 2023.
  3. Sukhada, Soma Paul, Rahul Kumar and Karthik Puranik, Semantics of Spatio-Directional Geometric Terms of Indian Languages. Accepted & Published in International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON), December 2021, https://aclanthology.org/2021.icon-main.44/
  4. Prashant Priyadarshi, Samapika Roy, Sukhada, Typo-syntactic diferences amongst Hindi, Maithili and Bangla, 2019, South Asian Language Analysis Roundtable  (SALA-35), Paris, France.
  5.  Samapika Roy, Sukhada, A.K.Singh, Linguistics Analysis of Indian English News headlines, Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, CALA 2020, Bintulu, Malaysia. 2020
  6. Prashant Priyadarshi, Samapika Roy, Sukhada., Polarity in Maithili, Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, CALA 2020, Bintulu, Malaysia. 2020
  7. Sriram Chaudhury, Sukhada and Akshar Bharati, OpenLogos Machine Translation: Exploring and using it in Anusaaraka platform, Information Systems for Indian Languages. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011. 68-73.
  8.  Sukhada, Soma Paul, and Akshar Bharati, Translation of TO infinitives in Anusaaraka Platform: an English Hindi MT system Accepted & Published in International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON), December 2014
  9. Sukhada, Prajna Jha, Soma Paul and Dipti M. Sharma, Applying Sanskrit Concepts for Reordering in MT, International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON-2015) 11-14 December 2015
  10. Sukhada, Dipti M Sharma, Amba Kulkarni, Akshar Bharati, Phrases in English – A Pada in Paninian Grammar, 15th World Sanskrit Conference, New Delhi, Inida, 2012


  • Article अनुसारक: भाषाई समस्याओं से निपटने का एक उपकरण", published in “Paropakarini” a bi-monthly Hindi magazine, 2016.

Editorial Team member:

  • OM RISE (Organizational Management (OM), Research (R), Innovation (I) and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (SE)), in The Netherlands (An online magazine from the Chair of Hindu Spirituality and Society Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • English-Hindi Anusaaraka: A Machine Translation System

  • Sanskrit-Hindi Anusaaraka: A Machine Translation System

  • Language Communicator: a software that allows one to write in one's own language unambiguously which is delivered to readers in their language

  • Applied Grammar

  • Machine Translation: English-Hindi Anusaaraka

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Headline Parsing

  • Hindi Sentence Simplifier

  • Vedic Philosophy

  • Human Values

  • Ethics

  • Sixteen Samskaras (Vedic Rituals)

  • Gurukul System

  • Indian Knowledge System


  • H-7207-Linguistics Data-Collection and Modeling
  • H-7307 Systems of Indian Philosophy-1
  • H-7311 Systems of Indian Philosophy 2
  • H-7309 Philosophy of Language (Western)
  • H-7310 Philosophy of Language (Indian)
  • HVE-310: Values and Ethics
  • HVE-311 Ethics and Holistic life
  • CS-7023: Computer and Scripting-1
  • LLG-305: Sanskrit Bhasha, IIT (BHU)
  • H-101: Universal Human Values-1
  • H-102: Universal Human Values-2
  • H-7209: Samskrit Paninian Grammar
  • LLN-304: Introduction to Machine Translation
  • H-106: Education and Self
  • Paninian Grammar (Arsha-shodha-sansthan Aliabad, Shameerpet, Telangana). Duration: Jan 30th 2004 - May 30th 2005
  • A full semester course on “Computers & Scripting 1” for PG students from Computational Linguistics background (Co-teaching with another researcher at IIIT-Hyderabad) Monsoon Semester 2013
  • A full semester course on “Computational Linguistics 1” for UG and PG students (Along with others at IIIT-Hyderabad), Winter Semester 2013
  • A full semester course on “Human Values 1” for UG students (Along with others at IIIT-Hyderabad), Monsoon Semester 2011-2014
  • A full semester course on “Human Values 1I” for UG students (Along with others at IIIT-Hyderabad), Winter Semester 2012-2015
  • Voluntarily teaching Sanskrit and Human Values to Asha Kiran (a school run by IIIT-Hyderabad students for kids from nearby slums) kids for one semester in 2010
  • Voluntarily teaching Sanskrit and Human Values to Sanskar School (a school at IIIT-Hyderabad that works for a holistic development of a child) kids and other interested people nearby from 2007-2016


  • Various institute level awards in sports like badminton, cycling and taekwondo (green belt holder)

  • Various institute level and inter-institute level awards in delivering speech and singing

  • Commendation certificate by IIIT-Hyderabad. The citation reads as: “This commendation certificate is presented to Sukhada (200722002) PhD for her sincere contributions in enriching hostel life, promoting Martial Arts and quietly doing community service and setting up an example in student community”.

  • Co-Organized a Three day Workshop on Universal Semantic Grammar (USG) for language teachers at Chaman Vatika Gurukul, Ambala from 03rd - 05th July, 2023; Sponsored by Chaman Vatika Gurukul,  Ambala
  • Co-Organized a Three day Workshop on Developing Indian Grammatical Tradition based Universal Semantic Representation (USR) from 26th-28th June, 2023; at Prayagraj, Ganganatha Jha Campus of the Central Sanskrit University, Sponsored by Central Sanskrit University, Government of India.
  • Co-Organized a Four day Workshop on Universal Semantic Grammar (USG) for language teachers at Golden International School, Rau, Indore; 25th - 29th April. 2023; Sponsored by Golden International School, Rau, Indore
  • Co-Organized a two day workshop on MAHAMANA MADAN MOHAN MALAVIYA JI AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY from 14th April - 15tt April 2023, Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
  • Organized a Two Day International Workshop on Building an Academic Discipline of Spirituality in Management and Society on 7th & 8th February, 2023 (HYBRID-ONLINE), with collaboration from scholars from Bolivia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Nepal, The Netherlands, US. 
  • Co-Organized a three-week long summer workshop on Verbal Awareness and Computation (VĀC) from 14th May - 2nd June 2018 with colleagues and research students from HSS and CSE, IIT(BHU) for 6th - 8th standard students from Kendriya Vidyalaya, BHU, Varanasi. 
  • Co-Organized a one-week long workshop on "IT Shivir" at Vaanaprasth Sadhak Ashram, Rojad Gujarat, India 
  • Leaded few session in a one-week long workshop on "Aatma-manthan" from 07-13 Mar. 2015 at Patanjali Yogpeeth Haridwar, India
  • Co-Organized a one-week long workshop on "Aatma-manthan Adhyatma Shivir" from June 16-22 2019 at Vaanaprasth Sadhak Ashram, Rojad Gujarat, India 
  • Co-Organized an FDP workshop on “Human Values in Sankhya, Yoga and Vedanta” for the teachers of engineering colleges run under a public collegiate university in Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
  • A talk in a two day seminar on  “इन्टरनेट टूल्स के माध्यम से अनुवाद: चुनौतियाँ और समाधान” organized by भारतीय भाषा समिति तथा हिन्दी विभाग, हैदराबाद विश्वविद्यालय on 27th March 2023
  • A talk in a Three Day International Seminar from 13th to 15th of February 2023 on “Paninian Grammar and its Applications”  on “Textual Meaning Representation Inspired by IGT” at Central Sanskrit University,  Ganganath Jha Campus; organized by Central Sanskrit University and Karnataka Samskrit University, Bengaluru
  • A talk on “Indian Grammatical Tradition and Machine Translation” in a 7 Day Workshop on “Translation Studies: Literary, Scientific and Technical” on 11th February 2023, organised by Department of English, Vasanta College for Women in collaboration with National Translation Mission (NTM), CIIL, Mysore
  • A talk in the colloquium of the IKS Center at IIT (BHU) Varanasi on "Indian grammatical tradition and computational linguistics" on 06/01/2023
  • A talk on “Sanskrit: A Key to Scientific Knowledge” at IIT(BHU), Varanasi, during the workshop “Artificial Intelligence In Drug Discovery: Quickening The Pace From Bench To Bedside” Under the Accelerate Vigyan scheme of SERB, on 27/05/2022
  • A talk on “Information Dynamics in Language” at Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Vile Parle, Mumbai-56. on 22/02/2022
  • A talk on “भाषाविज्ञान”  at IIT(BHU), Varanasi, Under “विज्ञान सर्वत्र पूज्यते” initiative of GoI, on27/02/2022
  • A talk on “Indian Knowledge System” at Babu Banarasi Das Engineering College, Lucknow, on 06/12/2021
  • A talk on "विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी के युग में संस्कृत की उपयोगिता" 30th Sep. 2018 at Sant Gani Nath Rajkiya PG College, Mohammadabad Gohna, Mau, U.P. India 
  • A talk on "New Research Directions on Applied Paninian Grammar" during a two-day workshop on "Promoting Applied Research in Samskrit" at IIIT, Hyderabad organized on August 18th-19th 2018 
  • A talk on "Applied GRAMMAR: A Tool to Overcome Language Barrier" in the workshop entitled "Computer Assisted Analysis of Human Expressions" on March 30-31 2019 at University of Mumbai, India 
  • A talk on "Language and Sanskrit” in the Student Induction Program organized for the new UG students through out India by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), conducted on 18-11-2020
  • A talk on "Karaka Relations in Paninian Grammar” in the Student Induction Program organized for the new UG students through out India by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), conducted on 18-11-2020
  • Was invited to participate as a panellist in Data Science Applications Session 1 on "Image, Video, and Textual Data Analytics: Current and Future Trends" held on 13.10.2020 by the organisers of Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik Summit, A Global Summit of Overseas and Resident Indian Scientists and Academicians
  • Interview with Doordarshan Varanasi in Hindi on "विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी के युग में संस्कृत में निहित परंपरागत ज्ञान विज्ञान की उपयोगिता"; Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJQb8xT15DI 

Interview with DD News in Sanskrit; Link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKlsbVjEBsA