Applications have been invited for the annual awards given by the Department of Tamil Development to promote research and propagate ancient Tamil literature, culture, and civilisation.

Tiruvalluvar award will be given to the best work on propagation of Tirukkural; Thiru Vi.Ka award for the best Tamil writer; Bharathiar award for research and thesis on the work of Bharathiar; Kabilar award for conventional poetry work on ancient history of Tamils, Tamils’ civilisation, and culture; Kambar award for research on poet Kamban; Sollin Selvar award for the best orator in Tamil literature; Umarupulavar award for research on Umarupulavar’s contribution to Tamil literature; and G.U. Pope award for translation of Tamil literature to alien languages.

Tamizh Thai Virudhu will be given to institution or organisation working for the cause of conservation and propagation of Tamil culture, civilisation, art, and literature. In a press release issued here on Sunday, Darez Ahamed, Collector, said that a purse of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation would be given to individuals.