Union Ministry of Culture had granted Rs.20 lakh for tracing them: Bharathidasan University Vice-Chancellor
TIRUCHI: NSS volunteers of Bharathidasan University will conduct a door-to-door survey on availability of ancient Tamil manuscripts for five days from February 1, its Vice-Chancellor C. Thangamuthu has said.
Speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Tiruchi Tamil Sangam here on Monday, he said many Tamil literary works still remained unexplored, as they were in the form of manuscripts idling at the attics of many residences all over the State. Those who possessed them were unable to decipher them. The survey would go a long way in ascertaining the availability of such manuscripts, which were treasurehouse of ancient Tamil values.
He said the Union Ministry of Culture under its `National Mission for Manuscripts' programme, had sanctioned Rs.20 lakh for tracing the manuscripts. As many as 2,000 NSS volunteers, including 200 from Bharathidasan University, would be involved in the task.
Initially, their responsibility would be restricted to locating the manuscripts.
Dr. Thangamuthu urged the Sangam's office-bearers to revive its five committees, especially the one for Tamil nomenclature committee to facilitate scientific study and promote technological development from Tamil Nadu. The Sangam's activities should be popularised among the masses.
Judge of the Madras High Court M. Chokkalingam said an all-out effort should be made to make Tamil as the classical language at the international level. He said a good number of Plus-Two students opted for French or other languages for scoring high pass percentage in the aggregate to qualify for higher education.
Sri Ponnambala Adigalar, head of the Kundrakudi Mutt, highlighted the services rendered by the Sangam for the promotion of Tamil literature.
President of the Sangam A.R. Annamalai Chettiar unveiled the portrait of the late N. Subramaniam Chettiar, a Tamil scholar and one of the founders of the Sangam.
The Vice-Chancellor released the golden jubilee souvenir and A.V. K. Avichi Chettiar received the first copy.