The NUS TLS Conference 2020 is a dedicated effort by the National University of Singapore Tamil Language Society's (NUS TLS) 41st Executive to provide NUS TLS and its members (both past and present), an avenue to look back at TLS’s initiatives and to reflect upon their effectiveness and sustainability. Consequently, it will provide a platform for them to analyse the current socio-economic needs of the Tamil community and derive ideas and possible solutions to tackle them.
Traditionally, the Tamil Seminar was organised biennially by NUS TLS. In 2012, NUS TLS organized the World Tamil University Youth Conference 2012 (WTUYC 2012) with the theme ‘Imagining Tamil Youth Identity’. It involved delegates from around the world in discussions on youth perspectives on Tamil Identities. This exposed the delegates to previously unexplored dimensions of the Tamil language in foreign countries.
The theme of STYC 2014 ‘Youthful Tamil in Vibrant Singapore’ displayed the degree of usage of Tamil Language in the daily lives of youth. It provided an opportunity for the youths to research and discuss their opinions and perspectives on the sustainability of the Tamil language in Singapore.
In 2016, STYC implemented the idea of round-table discussions. The theme for the conference was ‘Youth’s Perspectives of, and Recommendations for the Future Singapore Tamil Indian Community’, where critical issues were raised by the youth during the conference. In addition, the ‘STYC 2016 Toolkit’ was created for the very first time for all youth delegates for knowledge building. The product of STYC 2016 was the ‘Youth Manifesto’, comprising of the youth’s opinions and recommendations for many issues from the conference which were presented to the relevant ministries.
STYC 2018 was similar to STYC 2016, in which the youth delegates from pre-university and universities took part in discussions on providing exposure to the relevant fields from a first-hand perspective on the problems discussed. The youth delegates discussed and analysed issues in depth to potentially discover root problems on issues pertaining to the Tamil Indian community in Singapore and suggested potential solutions. The ‘Youth Manifesto’ was then presented to the relevant ministries e.g. Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Community Development Councils and Tamil Indian organisations.