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Make it interesting for students: Tamil varsity VC to teachers

M. Thirumalai, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, speaking at a trainingprogramme organised for 27 teachers from Singapore in Thanjavur onSaturday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

M. Thirumalai, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, speaking at a trainingprogramme organised for 27 teachers from Singapore in Thanjavur onSaturday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.   | Photo Credit: R_M_RAJARATHINAM;R_M_RAJARATHINAM - R_M_RAJARATHINAM

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27 Tamil teachers attend training programme in Thanjavur

Ensure an integrated approach in teaching Tamil literature so that students benefit from the confluence of comparative theories and aspects to enrich their learning, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University M. Thirumalai counselled Tamil teachers from Singapore here on Saturday.

Addressing the valedictory of the Overseas Educational and Cultural Immersion Programme for 27 Tamil teachers from Singapore, Dr. Thirumalai said it was imperative to create interest among the students in literature and that was the essence of teaching Tamil. “We must keep in mind the needs of the taught who are as important to teaching as the teacher,” he said.

Stating that quality assurance was an integral and essential aspect of Tamil teaching today, Dr. Thirumalai called upon all Tamil teachers to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning so that Tamil literature attracted more students.

In that context, Dr. Thirumalai pointed to the number of descriptive notes written by contemporary academics for Thirukkural couplets but which were bereft of sum and substance besides lacking in intellectual stuff. He urged the teachers to stem the quality slide.

The programme organised jointly by the Tamil University’s Department of Tamil Studies in Foreign Countries and the Singapore Tamil Teachers’ Union.

Observing that teaching and learning did not happen on a single day, Dr. Thirumalai recalled that Tamil teaching was not the same as it used to be a couple of decades ago.

“Tamil teacher cannot go out of the classroom after merely delivering a lecture and feel satisfied about a job well done. Students are demanding more and the master needs to measure up to their expectations striding varied media platforms to be a successful teacher,” he said and added that today’s Tamil literature teacher must be a multi-talented personality.

Senior Tamil teacher from Singapore Saraswathi Ramanathan acknowledged that the training programme helped in grasping the significant aspects of Tamil teaching in the State.

T. Venugopal, Chairperson, Tamil Department, Ministry of Education, Singapore, said the programme provided the avenue to meet and exchange notes with learned Tamil scholars here and would be helpful in defining how the teachers take Tamil teaching to students back home. Noting that creating good and virtuous students was the yardstick for a good teacher, Mr. Venugopal said he was fascinated with the enthusiasm among Tamil students for it was quite a task in imbuing that instinct in Singapore because of the different environment there.

S. Samikannu, President, Singapore Tamil Teachers' Union, said 27 Tamil teachers belonging to various educational grades participated in the biennial programme that went on for a week. Union vice-president Pon. Sasikumar and programme director S. Udayasuriyan spoke.

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