The Tamil Nadu government is willing to allocate land for the establishment of an Indian National Institute of Epigraphy in the State, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday.

Welcoming the Union government’s move to set up the Institute, the Chief Minister, in his letter to Dr. Singh, referred to the proposal mooted by veteran expert in Indian epigraphy Iravatham Mahadevan at a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Architecture two weeks ago for locating the proposed institution in the State.

Describing the expert as “a great champion for protection of archaeology and a Padmabhushan awardee,” Mr. Karunanidhi termed Mr. Mahadevan’s proposal as highly valid. Tamil Nadu had the maximum number of inscriptions, approximately one lakh. Of them, 60,000 were in Tamil.

Seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention for the early issuance of necessary orders, the Chief Minister said the announcement in this regard could come as a prelude to the World Tamil Classical Language Conference to be held in Coimbatore in June 2010.