Iswaran calls for more volunteers to support plan to digitise Tamil literature

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran (centre, in black) with representatives from the National Library Board and Tamil community members at an event held to launch a two-year drive to digitise 50 years of local Tamil literary works.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran (centre, in black) with representatives from the National Library Board and Tamil community members at an event held to launch a two-year drive to digitise 50 years of local Tamil literary works. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD

Local Tamil heritage groups are partnering the National Library Board (NLB) in an ambitious plan to digitally record 50 years of Singaporean Tamil creative writing by 2015.

The two-year project aims to preserve Tamil literary works for future generations, and will enlist the help of Tamil authors, scholars, teachers as well as government agencies. More than 50 authors have already volunteered their works for digitisation.

Speaking at an event to launch the project on Saturday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr S Iswaran noted that one of the biggest challenges would be to ensure the collection is error-free. "I urge all those who are highly competent in Tamil language... to come forward to help the project group," he said.

Members of the public may access the archives through NLB when the project is completed.