Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Classical Tamil Award for the year 2009

Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Classical Tamil Award for the year 2009
( Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Languages Division )

#6, Palaru Warn,
Kamarajar Salai,
Chepauk,
Chennai – 600 005.

Call for Proposals

Kalaignar M.Karunanidhi, Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has created out of his personal funds an endowment in his name for Classical Tamil Research in the Central Institute of Classical Tamil. From the endowment, an Award will be given to scholars and researchers of eminence every year. The Institute has great pleasure in inviting proposals for the Award for the year 2009.

  • The award is one of the highest honours conferred in India.
  • The award carries a cheque for Rs.10,00,000 a citation plaque and a bronze replica of the donor Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi.
  • The award is scheduled to be presented to the candidate every year on the occasion of the birthday of the donor, i.e., 3rd June. However, it will be done this year during the World Classical Tamil conference to be held from 23rd to 27th June 2010 at Coimbatore. The awardee will deliver a special lecture in one of the plenary sessions of the Conference.

  • The award is given for the best contribution to classical Tamil studies by a researcher or a research institution in the following areas leading to the creation of new knowledge in Ancient Tamil Culture and Civilization and gaining international recognition:
  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Grammar and Linguistic Study
  • Translation
  • Epigraphy
  • Literary Criticism
  • Music,Dance, Drama
  • Numismatics
  • Creative Writing
  • Painting and Sculpture
  • The award is given for a single work of great erudition or for a lifetime contribution depending on its uniqueness, excellence and international recognition.
  • The awardee may be an eminent scholar of any nationality and the work may be in any language provided that it attracts global attention.
  • Proposals for the award may be made by:
  • Eminent Scholars and Professors in any of the subject areas mentioned above.
  • Scholars of repute and persons who have won any of the accredited national or international awards.
  • No individual scholar shall propose himself / herself for the award.
  • Proposal Form may be downloaded from the CICT website: www.cict.in

Proposals may be sent by post to :

The Director,
Central Institute of Classical Tamil,
#6, Palaru lllam,
Kamarajar Salai,
Chepauk,
Chennai -600 005.
Last Date: 31st January 2010.