EDUCATION PLUS

Tamil projects can enhance learning



The college projects often have students scrambling for new concepts with their final semester round the corner. If done in Tamil, the projects would not only be unique but also throw open several avenues of opportunities, say academicians in the city.

Several educationists note that only a handful of students take up college projects in Tamil as a challenge even though there is no restriction in the medium of language.

M. Anandakrishnan, former vice-chancellor of Anna University, says many students and colleges do not take up projects in Tamil due to the notion that employers may not appreciate the projects. However, the main objective of the final-year projects is to test the efficiency of the students. Employers are rather keen on the project concept and not the medium of the language.

Such concepts could be introduced even at a younger age as children are enthusiastic in learning new things. But, the resource material, such as user-friendly Tamil keyboard, is limited. The colleges must provide a conducive environment to enable the students to work on projects in Tamil computing. Job opportunities are aplenty in the Tamil computing field, he says.

G.B. Jaiprakash Narain, principal of MNM Jain Engineering College, Thoraipakkam, says many students do their college projects as the medium of instruction is in English. However, some of the students have also done projects on Tamil software.

An abstract of the projects is translated into Tamil when found beneficial to a large Tamil speaking population.

In a bid to encourage students to do projects in Tamil language computing and enlighten them about job opportunities, Kani Thamizh Sangam and Tamil Virtual University are jointly organising a two-day workshop at Loyola College from February 12.

Kani Thamizh Sangam president M. Anto Peter says several youngsters do not have proper awareness about software development in Tamil and new concepts.

Students developing Tamil software also have a chance to win a cash award of Rs.1 lakh instituted by Tamil Development Department.

Such innovative concepts would add more value to their resume.

With global information technology companies seeking to localise content and developing local language computing, such projects could lead to entrepreneurship opportunities too, he says.

Some of the topics to be covered during the workshop include Tamil fonts and encoding, government initiatives in e-governance, Microsoft’s language applications, open source and job opportunities and Tamil in mobile phones.

For details about the workshop, contact 24355564 or visit www.kanithamizh.in .

K. LAKSHMI

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