Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: An English-Tamil students’ dictionary brought out by Allied Publishers was launched here on Tuesday.

Launching the bilingual dictionary, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said that it has a simple style and been compiled to suit students’ requirements.

On several occasions, meanings get distorted in literal translation of the words. Dictionaries that provide contextual translation would help in better comprehension of the languages, he said.

On the demand for making education in mother tongue compulsory at least at the primary-level, Mr. Thennarasu said several measures had been taken in the past decades .

Tamil learning at schools had been made mandatory. Nearly 85 per cent of 1.5-crore students in the State are studying in Tamil medium schools, he said.

Director General of Police (Fire and Rescue Services) R. Nataraj, who received the first copy of the dictionary, said that dictionaries must adopt both descriptive and prescriptive methods to serve as a tool of understanding.

K.V. Balasubramanian who compiled the dictionary said that it contained 16,000 entries. Allied Publishers’ directors Arjun Sachdev and Ravi Sachdev participated.