Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) to set up in Chennai

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Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) to set up in Chennai

The Centre on Wednesday decided to set up Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai as an autonomous organisation.

The meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also approved the proposal for designating the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as ex-officio Chairperson of CICT.

The Government of Tamil Nadu has allotted 17 acres of land free of cost for establishing the institute. The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for incurring an expenditure limited to Rs.76.32 crore over a period of four years for the CICT.

Briefing the media about the decisions of the Union Cabinet, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said that the Institute would be set up with 100 percent recurring and non recurring costs to be borne by the Central Government.

He said that the main objective of this decision would be for preservation and development of Classical Tamil which is an integral part of India’s composite heritage.

The Central Government had already declared Tamil as a classical language.

Government has recently decided to enhance the award money for merit in Classical Tamil from Rs.one lakh to Rs. 5 lakhs for lifetime achievement awards and from Rs.50, 000 to Rs.1 Lakh for young scholars in Classical Tamil.