Ilankai Tamil Sangam
Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA
New Institute to Boost Tamil Education in the NorthEast
At the commencement Mr. S.Thangan, LTTE deputy political head, hoisted the Thamileelam national flag.
S. Thangan, 2003
Mr. K.Saravanapavan, former Deputy Director of Education, was appointed as the Co-ordinating Officer of EDINE, sources said.
Mr. Sundaram Divakalala, former secretary to the North East provincial education ministry, made the introductory address, outlining the objectives of EDINE to act as a parallel entity to Sri Lanka's National Institute of Education (NIE), sources said.
Mr. V. Ilankumaran, head of the Thamileelam Education Development Board, was the keynote speaker at the event.
According to education officials, the objectives of the new Education Institute are:
Currently the Education Ministry has entrusted NIE with preparing Tamil medium textbooks and the NIE does so by translating Sinhala medium textbooks into Tamil. This has led to serious shortcomings in preparing standard Tamil medium textbooks. Tamil education officials often accuse the NIE of distorting the history of Sri Lanka and the Tamil community in Tamil textbooks.
V. Ilankumaran, 2003
The NIE also has failed to set up a separate unit to prepare Tamil medium textbooks, ignoring repeated requests made by Tamil educationists and trade unions, NIE's detractors say.
Tamil teacher trade unions and Tamil educationists for the last several years have been accusing the NIE, which is dominated by Sinhalese educationists, with ignoring the development of Tamil medium education in Sri Lanka, especially in the Tamil-dominated northeast province, sources said.
Posted July 20, 2005