December 20, 2015
“It is extremely important to preserve the culture of our Tamil people. This will be possible only by preserving Tamil Language. Hebrew, the language that was only spoken by a few Jews, has now been revived. Today, it is the national language of Israel. I sincerely appeal to the youth to take efforts in translating Tamil works into foreign languages,” Dr. Nalla G. Palanisamy, President, World Centre for Tamil Culture (WCTC), Coimbatore said.
The World Centre for Tamil Culture, Coimbatore, recently organized an award function to recognize the efforts of the Tamil scholars for their contributions towards Tamil language. It was organized at the Dr. NGP Arts and Science College campus.
In his welcome address, T.K. Ponnusamy, Former Vice Chancellor of Madras University and the trustee of the Tamil Forum, recollected the work carried out by the forum to promote Tamil Language. “The forum has been able to take up various meaningful projects such as publication of books, recognising the Tamil scholars with awards and organizing conferences and seminars to promote Tamil,” he said.
Chief Guest Dr. B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, in his address, expressed his happiness that several students were part of this event. “More than an emotional effort, what we need is a well thought out intellectual approach to save Tamil. While the youth of today have passion for Tamil, they have to learn English for their career prospects. It is now time for the experts in Tamil Language to come together to find out ways and means of making Tamil language attractive as a career option for students. While English is essential for students to make a living, their passion towards Tamil will help them live a better life,” he said.
At the event, a book titled, ‘Universe…Theories…Ashok Sen,’ written by P.K. Ponnusamy, was launched. G. Rajasekaran of the Madras Mathematical Institute received the first copy of the book.
Photos: The World Centre for Tamil Culture’s award function to honour the scholars for their contributions towards Tamil language.