BA Tamil Course Finds More Takers, Thanks to TNPSC Rule, Financial Aid

The Tamil Nadu Civil Service Commission has set new limits for the language document; better designed courses, education incentives for female students add interest in BA Tamil

While the TNPSC preliminary papers have objective type questions, the Tamil main exam paper requires descriptive and detailed answers.

After the government of Tamil Nadu made it compulsory to obtain a degree in Tamil language for getting a job in the state government, the number of students majoring in Tamil literature at university increased.

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) rules were amended in 2021 and require aspirants for Group I jobs to acquit the Tamil paper with 40 points. Those applying for the Group II and II-A jobs must score 75 points in General Tamil or General English in the preliminary examination, which is conducted out of 300 points. They must also score 40 points in Tamil paper in the main exam.

While the preliminary papers have objective type questions, the Tamil main exam paper requires descriptive and detailed answers.

Skyrocketing interest

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“This development has attracted many students who have passed their class 12 exams this year to the BA Tamil course,” said Prof. G Radhakrishnan, Head of Tamil Department, Government Arts and Science College, Mettur. This trend was also seen last year, he said. The Federal.

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“Due to the government’s decision to adopt all passes induced by COVID, last year 20% of seats were increased in all state-run colleges. Normally there are 40 places available in science streams and 60 places in arts streams. Last year all seats were filled. This year counseling and admissions are continuing. We hope that this year too seats will be filled, especially in the Tamil class,” Radhakrishnan said.

He added that he hoped the government would again increase the number of places for the course.

Financial aid

Another reason why the Tamil literature course is gaining ground.

He noted that this and the mandatory Tamil paper compensation for government jobs is likely to ensure that every seat for the course in every college is filled.

Focus on employability

To go further, a private college affiliated with Bharathiar University in Coimbatore has introduced a new course called BA Creative Tamil.

“We have designed this three-year course so that students will be trained and employable in five different streams such as jobs in public service commissions, media, publishing industry, film and drama, as well as documentation and archiving,” said Prof. A Ramasamy, Tamil Department and Associate Dean of Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science, Coimbatore, who designed the course.

The course has three layers – Fundamentals, Academic Curriculum and Electives.

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“In the first layer, we introduce students to the basic ideas of understanding society in different fields like economics, sociology, anthropology and history. In the second layer, students study the curriculum of Bharathiar University including literature and grammar. In the third layer, students can choose two majors from the five electives. We will bring in industry experts and train the students,” he said. he declares.

The fee for the course is ₹5,000 per year. The course has recently gained approval from Bharathiar University and admissions are ongoing.

“Similar to how engineering colleges sign MOUs with industries, initially we are taking steps to have MOUs with industries exclusively for the Tamil department,” Ramasamy said. with justified pride.

Modernize the language

Tirunelveli-based Dr S Shanmugam, a doctor who writes about developments in medical science in Tamil, said The Federal that the ultimate goal of upgrading the Tamil language course should be employment and that the process should start immediately.

“In the late 1990s, the famous Tamil scholar KP Aravanan was the head of the Tamil department at the Central University of Pondicherry. He modernized the Tamil literature courses by introducing subjects from various fields like journalism and tourism. Tamil literature students of this period were granted internships immediately after graduation. The concept of ‘campus placements’ was not understood at the time,” he recalls.

Unfortunately, the state government and the university showed no interest in pursuing this initiative after his departure from this university, Shanmugam added. Aravanan later became the Vice Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

“Our state had a chance to carry out groundbreaking research activities in the field of nanotechnology. An amount of around ₹100 crore was allocated to Madras University. But it is not known what happened to this project. Now the government should not miss the bus in modernizing the Tamil Literature course otherwise it would also meet the same fate as nanotechnology,” he added.

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