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Updated: May 31, 2012 18:29 IST

Rooting for Tamil

S. SIVAKUMAR
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Indira Parthasarathy and Tirupur Krishnan at the launch of the website.
Indira Parthasarathy and Tirupur Krishnan at the launch of the website.

Launch Of an academy and a website exclusively to promote the language among Gen Next.

Isn't it is a fact that while most people in all the States give due importance to their mother tongue, Tamil is neither shared nor taught to the next generation, in Tamil Nadu. This is the only State where a student can finish his entire schooling without knowing the local language.

The recent announcement about ‘Learning through Tamil' made by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa served as an inspiration to launch a training academy called Thamizh Mozhi Koodam, by Knack Information Technologies as part of its diversification plans. Simultaneously, a social networking site -- www.thamizhmozhi.com -- went online at Arkay Convention Centre, Mylapore, Chennai.

The academy will teach the Tamil alphabet and spoken Tamil, while helping those who need to prepare speeches, essay competitions and poetry writing in Tamil.

Technology helps

“We are trying to take Tamil to the next generation with the help of the technology” says Srinivas Parthasarathy, the founder of the website.

At the launch, a calendar and CD were released by writer Indira Parthasarathy, the chief guest, and were received by Tirupur Krishnan. Six personalities who have dedicated their life to the cause of the language were honoured on the occasion -- Badri Seshadri of NHM, Veeramani Bharathidasan, the grandson of Bharathidasan, Jayakrishnan, founder of Tamil Ccomputer and Valar Thozhil magazines, Anto Peter, president, Kani Tamizh Sangam, and Vetrivel, a Tamil teacher, who has written a one-line explanation for the Thirukkural.

The master of the ceremonies were women entrepreneurs Geetha Premkumar and Gayathri Srinivas, director, Knack Information Technologies. Professor

M A Bhageerathi proposed a vote of thanks.

(sivakumar2004@gmail.com)

The people who created movements for Tamil have all fallen for aggrandizement.Only people with real love has to rise up and do the needful for Tamil.

from:  Nasar
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 02:19 IST

Make Tamil compulsory in Tamil Nadu for all students and have levels depending on the nativity (basic Tamil for people from out of state). TN should regulate CBSE, ISCE, IB and Matriculation schools with the condition of compulsory Tamil, the same way done in Maharashtra state for the Marathi language. In Maharashtra state, schools which do not teach the Marathi language immediately lose their license irrespective of board they follow. TN government should launch Tamil academies in other states and fund schools in other states for teaching Tamil the same way Kerala is doing with Malayalam mission. TN government should also look into the functioning of CBSE and Matric schools in Tamil Nadu, which force Hindi (instead of Tamil) as the compulsory subject while non-state students are guaranteed ranks by taking Sanksrit. Dravidian parties have had history of policies aimed at slow elimination of Tamil from Tamil Nadu and India - starting from the school level itself.

from:  Sarma K
Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 13:14 IST

Languages like Spanish and French is spreading fast among English speakers due to the script. One way to make Tamil popular is by Romanizing every Tamil article and books as per the ISO 15919 format. By doing this, more people will be interested to learn the language and it will be easier to teach.

from:  Sharmalan Thevar
Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 08:57 IST
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