TAMIL VIRTUAL ACADEMY
Tamil Virtual University (TVU) was renamed as Tamil Virtual Academy (TVA) with effect from 16.07.2010. Tamil Virtual Academy aims to provide internet based Tamil resource access to the Tamil community and others who are interested in Tamil language, literature, arts, cultural etc. For that purpose, Tamil Virtual Academy had been established by the Government of Tamil Nadu on 18th May 2000 under Co-operative Society Act. A separate website for Tamil Virtual Academy had been launched on February 17, 2001 for public use.
The objectives of Tamil Virtual Academy are as follows:
- Providing internet based resources about Tamil language, literature and culture for diaspora and others who are interested in Tamil.
- Compiling Tamil learning materials with Tamils heritage for diaspora.
- Compiling all the educational content developed by the diaspora and publicizing the same to general public.
- Enabling studies leading to a certificate, diploma and degree on Tamilology through Tamil University, Thanjavur.
- Promoting Tamil Computing.
Activities of Tamil Virtual Academy (www.tamilvu.org)
- Academic Programmes
- Digital Library
- Tamil Computing
Tamil Virtual Academy is offering Academic Programmes viz., Primary Education, Certificate Course, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Degree (B.A. Tamilology)
Digital Library (www.tamildigitallibrary.in)
In Tagavalaatruppadai, the Archaeological & Historical sites, Monuments, Excavations, Inscriptions, Religious places, Sculptures, Coins, Copper Plates and painting were captured as photograph and these images were uploaded in the web portal with necessary metadata in standard format. (www.tagavalaatruppadai.in)
To promote Tamil Computing research, Tamil Virtual Academy is constructing a basic database and related Tamil software tools.
Research and Development
Tamil Virtual Academy has undertaken a long term Research and Development Programme on Tamil Language Technology and Natural Language Processing (NLP). It aims to create software tools like word processor, spell checker, Optical Character Recognizer (OCR), Unicode Converter, text recognizer, text summarization, speech recognizer, speech synthesizer and automatic translator.
To create awareness on the necessity of Tamil Computing “kanitamilperavai” has been started in 100 colleges and universities which include arts and science, engineering, agriculture and medical colleges. Till date more than 10000 students from various Colleges / Universities have registered for KanitamilPeravai.
(1) Under the TANII scheme for the year 2015-16, the Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned Rs.1.50 Crore. For the above 15 Tamil software projects have been identified. Currently the following 12 projects have been launched for public use by Hon’ble Chief Minister on three occasions’ viz., 23.05.2017, 11.10.2017 and 13.03.2018
- Tamilinaiyam - Unicode Converter
- Tamilinaiyam - Unicode Fonts
- Tamilinaiyam - Sol Pesi
- Tamilinaiyam - VivasaayaThakavi
- Tamilinaiyam - TolkappiyaThakavalPeruvi
- Tamilinaiyam - Tamil Payirruvi
- Tamilinaiyam - Nigazaayvi
- Tamilinaiyam - Pizhaithiruthi
- Tamilinaiyam - Agaraathithoguppi
- Tamilinaiyam - Karuthukalavu
- Tamilinaiyam - Sotrodarthoguppi
(2) Under the TANII scheme for the year 2015-16, the Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned Rs.1.00 Crore. Tamil Virtual Academy has created a digital library with the collection of all rare documents, books and periodicals, which manifolds the accessibility and visibility of rare documents to scholars across the Globe.In this project 53,27,879 pages from 24,656 numbers of rare books, periodicals and documents were scanned. In the first phase 11,283 books and periodicals were uploaded in the website http://tamildigitallibrary.in. It was officially inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 11.10.2017.
- Under the TANII scheme for the year 2017-18, the Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned Rs. 70.04 lakh for Tamil text and speech computing tools are under development. This Grammar Checker will be more useful for the children as well as adults to learn and use more appropriate vocabularies and grammatical rules. Speech processing tool will also be developed as an assistive aid for the visually challenged people to read and write with ease.
- Under the TANII scheme for the year 2017-18, the Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned Rs. 72.72 lakh for Sentence Patterns, Structures and Rules in Tamil for Machine Translation. The main aim of the project is to identify the sentence patterns, structures and rules in Tamil as classified in English.
- Under the TANII scheme for the year 2017-18, the Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned Rs. 105 lakh has been sanctioned to digitize and catalogue of palm leaf manuscripts in Dr.U.V.SwaminathaIyer library, Directorate of Indian Medicine & Homeopathy and International Institute of Tamil Studies.
Hon’ble Chief Minister on 11.08.2014 has announced under Rule 110 in the Legislative Assembly to create a comprehensive and collaborative repository containing details of all the achievements of the Tamils and Tamil language and literature. Rs.20 lakh have been sanctioned to create a “TamilarTagavalaatruppadai”. Under this scheme, 627 Archaeological & Historical sites, Monuments, Excavations, Inscriptions, Religious places, Sculptures, Coins, Copper Plates and painting were captured as photograph and these images were uploaded in the web portal with necessary metadata in standard format. This website http://tagavalaatruppadai.in was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 11.10.2017. Further, documentation of archaeological & historical sites with images and updating of these with website are being done regularly.
Diploma in Tamil Computing (2018- 2019)
In this technological world we have to take Tamil language to the technology. Considering this Tamil Virtual Academy will offer Tamil Computing Course (Diploma course) through online. This will be benefited by students andResearchers. This course syllabus will be framed with the cost of Rs.20 lakh.