IIT Madras, NPTEL, and Madras Dyslexia Association to offer a free online remediation programme in Tamil

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The “Tamil Vazhi Payirchi” software was created to assist kids with language-based issues by the Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA) and the National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Through NPTEL, the “Tamil Vazhi Payirchi” programme is made available in internet mode absolutely free of charge.
It is intended to make dyslexia more easily identifiable and treatable in elementary schools teaching in Tamil. Additionally, the MDA has been educating instructors about the basics of dyslexia and how to teach simple tactics to students who are dyslexic in the classroom.

“Tamil Vazhi Payirchi” is created to address the remediation needs, and it includes a screening tool that can be used in the classroom, a kit for correcting errors, and a training programme that will give teachers other teaching methods to use with dyslexic pupils.

Key features of ‘Tamil Vazhi Payirchi’

Tamil Vazhi Payirchi has modules on reading, spelling, writing, mathematics, study skills, and multiple intelligences. It also has sections on child development and screening. Short segments, online videos, case studies with case analysis, and short segments make up the modules. To aid in their learning, a brief test will also be given.

“This project is a powerful answer to the question of IIT Madras’ relevance to the wider public,” remarked V Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras, at the program’s September 2 launch. The institute not only offers technical assistance through NPTEL but also through D Chandrasekhar, an alumnus who is leading this project. With the use of AI or ML-based systems like those created by “AI4Bharat,” this effort should also be made available in other languages. It ought to be translated into several languages. According to statistics, 10 to 15% of children struggle with dyslexia, hence the “Tamil Vazhi Payirchi” programme is crucial, said D Chandrasekhar, president of the MDA.

This implies that a large number of children could need screening, assessment and follow-up remedial support in Tamil medium schools. This program will pave way for early identification and intervention in such schools, across Tamil Nadu.”

Mayank Tewari

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