COIMBATORE: Tamil Nadu School Education Department has approached the Microsoft company, demanding it to create MS-office software in Tamil language, said T Udhayachandran, secretary of School Education Department on Friday.
Speaking to media persons at World Tamil Internet Conference at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), he said the department had made the negotiation with Microsoft for MS-Office in Tamil and an exclusive search engine in the language as part of the efforts to promote internet-based development of education.
“In a view to bring MS-Office word in Tamil, we have given an assurance that the department was ready to buy five lakh laptops from the company in exchange for the software. With this, school children can easily learn the software in their mother tongue. We hope that the deal would be finalised soon as preliminary initiative has been successful,” Udhayachandran added.
About the response to the introduction of QR codes in the revised textbooks for classes VI, IX and XI, he claimed that the initiative was receiving good reception among parents and students.
In the new text books, as many as 2,895 QR codes have been provided in 144 subjects to help the students familiarise themselves with reading wide and with elaborate details.
On an average, two lakh users were covered under the QR code usage in Tamil Nadu so far, he said and added that this was the highest among the States like Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in the learning through QR code by school children.