[lg policy] DMK pledges Rs 1 crore for Harvard Tamil chair

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 10:25:54 EST 2018


 DMK pledges Rs 1 crore for Harvard Tamil chair
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*Published *Feb 7, 2018, 6:00 am IST
*Updated *Feb 7, 2018, 6:00 am IST
M.K. Stalin also expressed the hope that the chair would be established
soon bringing smiles on the faces of 7.5 crore Tamils.
[image: M.K. Stalin]
 M.K. Stalin

*Chennai:* DMK on Tuesday pledged Rs 1 crore for establishing an exclusive
endowment chair for Tamil language at the prestigious Harvard University in
United States.

Making the announcement through a statement, DMK working president M.K.
Stalin also expressed the hope that the chair would be established soon
bringing smiles on the faces of 7.5 crore Tamils.



Stalin also listed achievements of the DMK with regard to development of
Tamil language right from the days of its founder C. N. Annadurai to the
current president M. Karunanidhi. “I am extremely happy that the Harvard
Tamil chair is being established during the Golden Jubilee year of
Annadurai's announcement in 1968 that TN will follow the two-language —
Tamil and English — policy replacing the three language policy (that
included Hindi),” Stalin said.

The Opposition leader also recalled according of Classical Language status
to Tamil language during the UPA-1 regime due to efforts of Karunanidhi and
the unanimous resolution in the TN Assembly recommending announcing Tamil
as the official language of the Madras High Court during the DMK regime of
2006-2011.

“In this background, the DMK will contribute Rs 1 crore for establishment
of the exclusive chair for Tamil as part of its efforts to encourage
development of the language and research,” Stalin said. The Tamil Nadu
Government has already allotted Rs 10 crore for establishing Tamil chair at
the university.

Prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts in US would soon boast of a
Tamil chair expected to give “huge impetus” to rese-arch in one of the
oldest languages of the universe, preserve palm manuscripts in digital
format using world-class infrastructure and carry out comparative studies
with other classical languages.

With a public campaign by two US-based Tamil-origin doctors to collect
funds for setting up the chair gaining momentum, the TN Government did its
bit by announcing Rs 10 crore for the project and is also part of the
fundraising campaign through the International Tamil Research Institute.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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