‘Accord national book status to Thirukkural’

Plan to set up more development centres to preserve Tamil language and culture: Minister

Minister for Tamil Official Language, Tamil Culture and Archaeology K. Pandiarajan on Tuesday appealed to the Union government to confer ‘national book’ status on Thirukkural.

Speaking at the convocation of Tamil University here, Mr. Pandiarajan said there was widespread demand from various quarters for conferring of the status to the Tamil classic written by Thiruvalluvar.

He requested Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who presided over the convocation, to recommend to the Centre to consider the demand favourably.

Mr. Pandiarajan also urged the Governor to recommend the establishment of development centres planned in various places across the world to preserve and propagate the Tamil language and culture.

“We have identified places and need the Centre’s support for this. Last year, the centres were established in 16 countries. We plan to set up more such centres,” he said.

The Minister steps would be taken to secure A+ grade for Tamil University in the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) re-accreditation next year.

S.P. Thyagarajan, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, called upon Tamil University to draw up research plans in language, science and medicine.

Research of international standards could be taken up on the wealth of knowledge found in Sangam and later period literature in Tamil, he added.

G. Balasubramanian, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, said the varsity had introduced five-year integrated courses in Tamil and history, besides offering postgraduate courses in drama and performing arts from this year.

The university brought out 508 publications on various topics. It was sanctioned a grant of ₹20 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan, national higher education mission.

Mr. Purohit conferred degrees of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt. – Honoris Causa) on Armoogam Parsuramen, Founder President, International Thirukkural Foundation and former Minister of Mauritius, A. Sivasubramanian, folklorist, and S. Kalyanasundram, poet-writer, besides degrees on students of Tamil University.

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