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Bharathidasan University gives its approval

Thanjavur: Bharathidasan University has approved the Saraswathi Mahal Library at Thanjavur as its research centre, said C. Thangamuthu, Vice-Chancellor of the university, here on Monday.

Speaking at the 229th birth anniversary of Maratta King Serfoji II, the architect of Saraswathi Mahal Library, Dr. Thangamuthu said that guides would be sent from the university as guest professors to the library to help the research scholars of the library. Candidates could do research in Sanskrit, Tamil, Maratti and History and get doctorate.

C. Subramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, also said that other than the subjects mentioned by the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, Tamil University would award doctorate to students who do research in the library.The Collector, C. Vijayaraj Kumar, who is also the Director of the library, said that two kings Raja Raja Cholan, who built the Big Temple, and Maratta King Serfoji II, who established the Saraswathi Mahal Library brought reputation to Thanjavur. The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam has come forward to digitise the manuscripts in the library free of cost. The UNESCO has accorded the world heritage status to 86 rare manuscripts of the library, he said.

He released a CD on the library. Dr. Subramaniam received the first copy of the CD.Prof. S. Sathyaseelan, a Tamil scholar, participated in the function. Sami Sivagnanam, Administrative Officer of the library, welcomed and R. Vivekananda Gopal proposed a vote of thanks.