Medium of Instruction of Universities should be Mother Tongue

The aim of education is to make a man into a good citizen. This is possible only if the education is provided in the mother tongue, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University C. Swaminathan said here recently.

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Delivering the graduation day address of the Kongunadu Arts and Science College, he said that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation had announced as early as 1953 that the medium of instruction should be in the mother tongue.

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“The announcement is a result of the finding that education can be easily absorbed only through the mother tongue. English and other languages can be learnt as mere languages, but should not be used as medium of instruction,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Lamenting that many schools banned students from speaking in the mother tongue (Tamil), he said there were some which levied a fine on those who spoke in Tamil in the campus.

“It is an illusion that one will be respected only if one spoke in English. It should be used as a requirement.

It should not become a craze.

With the rise in technology and increased use of computers, it is imperative that English knowledge be given importance, but only to that extent,” Mr. Swaminathan said.

Secretary of the college M. Aruchami, Principal R. Devi. and President V.K. Lakshmanan, spoke.

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