Rameswaram: For the first time in India, IIT Bombay has introduced radio dramas in Tamil through its Spoken Tutorial Program to develop science skills among students.
The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) in Mumbai developed the Spoken Tutorial Program in June 2009 with financial assistance from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
As more than 90 percent of people in India cannot speak English fluently, IIT Bombay has developed online courses through the Spoken Tutorial Program to teach students in their mother tongue. Through this, it became an opportunity for school and college students to develop their expertise and youth to increase their employability skills.
In this context, IIT Bombay has produced a radio drama series “Science in Everyday Life” in collaboration with ‘Kadal Osai’ Community Radio in Pampan near Rameswaram in an effort to bring science to the general public and to develop science skills in students through its Spoken Tutorial Program.
The launch of this radio play was held at Ramanathapuram Collectorate on Friday evening. District Collector Johny Tom Varghese inaugurated the science drama program Live in Everyday Life on Ocean Sound Community Radio Live.
Bara is the Project Leader of the Spoken Tutorial Program at IIT Bombay. Kannan Motkalaya, author of this radio drama series Saisudha Sugavanam, district wildlife conservator Jagathees Bagan Sudhakar, director of Kaad Osai station Gayathri Usman were present.
IIT Bombay’s Bara on this. Kannan Motkalaya said: 70 lakh students have benefited from the spoken tutorial program. As such, this “Science in Everyday Life” series will surely bring a turning point in the life of the listeners.
A science serial on everyday life has been developed as a radio drama in Tamil for the first time in India. Each play is a maximum of 4 minutes. The sound of the ocean will be broadcast on radio four times a day for a year. We are going to broadcast Pamban on various radios in Tamil Nadu and Tamil on various radios in 22 languages across India.
These radio dramas will help the rural students to acquire basic science skills and learn about the application of science in their daily life as students have to study online after the spread of Corona virus, he said.
Gayatri Usman, director of Kaad Osai station said that the program can be heard not only live on Kaad Osai community radio but also through Kaad Osai website, YouTube and podcast. And this radio series will be provided free of cost to all the schools of Ramanathapuram district, he said.