He noted that the International Institute of Tamil studies was started after the Second World Tamil Conference while the Tamil University came up after the Fifth World Tamil Conference. Another feature is that this centre is funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) with approval from the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Dr.Rajendran said.
The University senate has passed a resolution for establishing the centre as a token of gratitude to Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi whose efforts got the classical language status to Tamil and for his involvement in developing the language.
The resolution was sent to the UGC which has given Rs. 2 crores for this year to establish the centre.
The centre will help in comparative research of world classical languages, translation of grammar and literature in the languages, bringing out cultural and historical encyclopaedias of world classical languages, quotations in them, world classical languages dictionary etc.
The centre will have eight professors, eight associate professors and eight assistant professors in all. A person with doctorate in Tamil and a degree in any one of the world classical language other than Tamil will be the director of the centre.
Further funding is expected from the UGC in the second year. UNESCO's involvement in the centre is expected in the future, said Dr. Rajendran.
Tamil University introduces Advanced Centre for Classical Languages