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Call for student-centric learning of literature

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Interactive method can make learning more interesting

study: A participant receiving certificate for the best paper presentation from K. Meena, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, at a conference on modern literature at Alagappa University in Karaikudi. — Photo: L. Balachandar
study: A participant receiving certificate for the best paper presentation from K. Meena, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, at a conference on modern literature at Alagappa University in Karaikudi. — Photo: L. Balachandar

Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University K. Meena has called upon the academicians to convert the learning of literature, which is so far instructor-centred, to student-centredby using the technological advancements.

Delivering valedictory address of the International Conference on Trends in Modern Literature: East and West organised by the Department of English and Foreign Languages held at Alagappa University on Wednesday, he said they had a lot of work to transform literature as student-centered learning. The available modern trend in transforming the classroom atmosphere through the electronic gadgets would be immensely useful for making the paradigm shift. It would make language learning as interesting.

Besides this, the teaching-learning process in schools and college could be made interesting by introducing interactive method and proper use of technology inside the classroom itself. New pedagogies, innovating techniques and sufficient use of media and technology in the classroom could help the learners in the process of learning the language skills.

While highlighting the challenges in the aftermath of Information Technology revolution, Ms. Meena said it was necessary to provide educational opportunities for researchers, faculty members and students in the effective use of higher performance computing for the exploration of scientific problems. Lectures had to be supplemented by properly guided hands on laboratory sessions to ensure that participants gain more experience.

She added that language laboratories should be established in all institutions so as to use the modern learning method.

Kundrakudi Ponnambala Adigalar, who traced the origin of Tamil literature, said Karaikudi and Sivaganga region had contributed a lot to literature. The contribution made by Kanian Poongundranar, who lived in the region several years ago, was probably the first person to promote the brotherhood, love and affection among all section of communities by saying that “Yathum Ore Yavarum Kelir'.

No one could recollect Tamil literature without the contribution of Bharatiyar and modern era poet Kannadasan, Vairamuthu and others.

S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice Chancellor, Alagappa University said the deliberations of the conference would be a rewarding experience to the delegates participated from different countries including Canada, Bangaladesh, Singapore, Malaysia and different regions of the country.

S. Subbiah, Head, Department of English, Organising Secretary, M. Pandi, Head, Tamil Department and others took part.

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