The University of Madras to broadcast free Tamil lessons

The University of Madras or Madras University is a public state university in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Established in 1857, it is one of the oldest universities in India

In keeping up with the times, the University is planning online classes which can be telecast via DTH channel. Students can learn the subject from the comfort of their homes. The series is part of the varsity’s initiative to offer video lectures of undergraduate and postgraduate Tamil lessons in the wake of the pandemic and lockdown.

Key Points

  • The University of Madras to offer Tamil Classes via Swayam Prabha DTH Channel
  • Incumbent Teachers & Retired Tamil professors will conduct the lessons, which will be recorded and telecast
  • The idea is to create a Digital University where all student can study without books

We started identifying the lessons common to various universities in the state. We wanted this broadcast to benefit a large number of students. Therefore we are starting with Tholkappiyam

S Gowri, Vice Chancellor, University of Madras

The University plans to identify more common lessons and record them. There would be a total of 35 modules and each video lecture would last 30-45 minutes.

An agreement to this effect was signed with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras on Monday. Swayam Prabha is a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programmes on a 24X7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite.

Mr Gowri said that every day four hours of new lectures will be broadcast and shall be repeated six times each day. On Sunday, all six modules shall be broadcast back to back.

He said that apart from incumbent teachers, retired Tamil professors too will record the lessons at the NPTEL recording studio at IIT-M. “Teachers shall be remunerated Rs 5,000 for every half hour lecture and will also be given a DVD of their course at the completion of the module,” added Gowri.

The decision is part of a larger initiative to create a ‘Digital University’ where all lectures are available digitally. This would future proof the University and distance education programs can also benefit from it.

Student can avoid huge cost of the books and they can learn the subject in leisure