Gowtham Maran (BSc (Hons) Eng)
Ex-President of TLA, Batch 2012, UOM.
We can maintain and uplift the virtue of a society either through ‘Punishments’ or ‘Appreciations’. Punishing the evil deed and keeping the society away from it, is the main practise followed by the governments all over the world and they control it through their legal body. But this involves so much of negativity and vengeance which will collapse the morals of a society in the long run. But when comes to the path of Appreciation, it’s a positive cycle which identifies and promote the best idols for the society.
In this regards, Moratuwa Pilot Exam identifies and appreciates the academic talent of a Tamil Speaking Student. Through that it sets high standard of motivation to the other fellow junior students who are supposed to sit for the GCE A/L in the forthcoming years. And the major achievement of this exam is that it equalizes the opportunity for education irrespective of difference in places, casts, races etc. It had opened the paths for students to mingle in a national arena and facilitates them to know their ranking positions island widely. An academically leading student within a district may know for sure that she/he has the minimum guarantee to enter the University through district Quota, and this puts her/him in a comfortable zone and as the result she/he won’t prepare and perform for their fullest. This mind set ultimately close the door for another able student through district quota. But through the healthy and high standards of competition prevailing in this exam, potential students all over the island forget their quota comfort and fight for their best to secure top ranks in the exam. This is a win-win situation where merit based university entrance of Tamil speaking students are increasing, and at the same time quota allocation is efficiently utilized for the students in need.
Organizing and conducting an exam for more than 5000 students in 16 districts is a tremendous task. All the burdens ranging from timely transport logistics to perfect paper correction mechanisms fall in the shoulder of second year undergraduate Tamil students of Faculty of Engineering from University of Moratuwa. All the hardships including finding fund and sponsorship should be done along with their ever growing University academic load. Even among all these hardship, a project of this size is made into a reality, because each and every undergraduate student who is working day and night for this exam know the urgent need of it for the society and that thought pushes them beyond their possible limits. And it’s the most historic moment for all of us to cherish the continuous 9 year legacy of this exam since it commenced from 2010.
I’m really proud and happy to blow the trumpet on behalf of my 2016 Batch juniors. They were new comers, when I’m in my final year, and the immense support, effort and talent they show cased collectively as a batch for other Moratuwa University Tamil related projects like Sotkanai and Thamilaruvi are beyond words. I can say for sure that they’ll make any project an extra success. My heartiest congrats to all my 2016 batch students for your volunteer and timely service. All the success will follow you for sure.
“Ippadai Thotkin Eppadai Vellum”