Classical Tamil introduced as subject in Mother Teresa University
History and literature of Classical Tamil Language has been introduced in all graduate and post-graduate degree courses in arts and science subjects in Mother Teresa University this academic year to promote the language among youngsters, said A. Aruna Sivakami, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa University.
She was delivering a guest lecture at a book release function here on Thursday.
“One or two papers were added in visual communication and computer degree courses and post-graduate degree courses in literature,” she said.
While visual communication students would study on how to improve the use of Tamil in visual and print media effectively, students of post-graduate courses in Tamil and English literature would study two papers : Language of Classical Tamil and History of Classical Tamil.
Even students doing physics, chemistry and bio-technology courses too would have one paper on how to improve technical words in their respective areas, she added.
She deplored that habit of reading books other than text books had come down sharply among youth.
It should be encouraged among them for gaining wider knowledge and experience.
Learning in mother tongue would help students understand the subjects better, she said. District Forest Officer A. Venkatesan advised to introduce practical Tamil as it would shape and polish individuals.
“We have eco-clubs and Red-Ribbon Clubs. Why not Tamil Clubs in all schools and Colleges to improve reading, oratory and writing skills.”
Writer Joe Malluri said that growth of the nation depended on growth of books. Every one should cultivate the habit of buying and reading books.
Publishers in Tamil Nadu had been struggling to sell 1,200 copies of a new book among 4.5 crore people. It was a shame to Tamil Nadu, he said.
Schools knew how to teach but forgot about how to shape students. Reading habit should become second nature to students. Parents and teachers should be responsible for it.
They should drive students in the right direction, he advised. Later, Ms. Aruna released the book ‘Gandhi Kavithaigal’ written by Kodaikanal Gandhi and DFO A. Venkatesh, RDO P. Veerapandi and Lions Club president T.P. Ravindran received the copies. One hundred free copies were given to school children.