Welcome to Chamber XXXIV of the Scientific Tamil Virtual Library. This chamber is dedicated to house the videos created by the student community and approaches Ancient Tamil Literature from a Scientific Point of view Using the Lateral Thinking Module. First hundred Videos in the chamber are created out of a collaborative venture between KRM Public School and Scientific Tamil Virtual Library.
Vision Statement of the KRM – STVL Project:
- To Create 100 Educational Videos in Tamil
- KRM Public School students will be Explaining Scientific Concepts spanning across various domains of science Using Insights from the Thirukkural.
- These videos exemplifies the oratory skills of KRM Public School students and their capability to explain Scientific Concepts in various domains of science, their passion towards traditional wisdom of the Great Indian Literature.
- Project was completed in a record time of One year (2016), at a rate of releasing One Educational Video once is every three days.
- Videos placed in Archive will be a permanent digital record and will be a memorable asset for growing children.
- Unique Number of the Video Files – MMSTVL34+
The Findings of this Study will be presented at the The International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (INFITT); 16thTamil Internet Conference 2017; University of Toronto. Scarborough Campus – Greater Toronto – August 25-27th, 2017.
Title of the Research Paper: Challenges Faced and Potential Scope in Imparting Health Education through Mobile Learning Module Using an Ancient Indian Literary Work –Thirukkural
Research Done by – (1) Dr.Semmal Syed Meerasa ; (2) Sivasakti Balan D.P
- Professor and Head of the Department, Department of Physiology, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram District
- Principal, KRM Public School, Chennai
Aim: To Analyse and statistically evaluate the challenges faced and potential scope for imparting health education using an ancient Indian text –Thirukkural through Mobile learning module via lateral thinking.
Introduction: Tamil Language is unique in lieu of the fact that it is an ancient language protected by well-established grammatical rules and regulations drafted meticulously even 2000 years before. It is an International Language having pockets of Tamil speaking populations in all the continents.
Imparting health education to the masses with particular emphasis on School children is a task of greater importance in modern education. The stunningly vibrant evolution of internet based education systems in the modern age has now extended to include mobile based learning (M – Learning) as an additional tool to learn.
Behavioural Medicine reiterates that successful changes in lifestyle through health education would allow primordial prevention against diseases to take effect and it would enable the society to successfully annul various disease related behaviours.
The Sangam period (300 BC – 300 AD) literary works are an important part of Ancient Indian literary works, which carry great relevance to the daily life of the Tamils across the globe. The most popular work among the Sangam literary works is the Thirukkural, written with a unique design and format dwelling in to all aspects of human life from ethics to business and personal relations. These attributes make Thirukkural to be the most deserving of the Sangam works to be used for primordial prevention strategies.
Material and Methods: 100 volunteer high school students studying between classes VI to X from a private school in Chennai were recruited for the study. Each student was allowed to select an individual Thirukkural couplet without duplication. The students were given three weeks’ time to ponder deeply upon the meaning of the selected individual Thirukkural and then prepare a scientific script laterally relating the Thirukkural to a domain of science with the assistance provided by their language and science teachers. Finally the students were assisted by a medical team to draft a discussion relating to an aspect of health education with the root based on a specific Thirukkural.
The students were trained to create educational videos which were streamed via free video hosting platforms under the creative common domain. Data collection was done based upon the questionnaire based feedback collected from other students studying in the school and their parents and from the Tamil diaspora.
Conclusion: All the data retrieved from the collected questionnaire were analysed using appropriate statistical tools. We were able to find that even as we face some challenges in the process there does exist an enormous positive scope in the concept of Imparting Health Education Using ancient Tamil literary works including Thirukkural, Tirumoolar Tirumantiram, Thiruvaasagam, Seeraappuraanam and the Thiruvarutpa through Mobile Learning Module via Lateral Thinking.
Now Let us Enter the Research Proper :
Click on the Tasks 1 to 100 and you will be able to view the individual Videos