Tamil University's treat to book lovers

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VOLUMINOUS COLLECTION: A book Lover going through the titles on display at the book exhibition in Thanjavur on Saturday. Photo: M. Srinath
VOLUMINOUS COLLECTION: A book Lover going through the titles on display at the book exhibition in Thanjavur on Saturday. Photo: M. Srinath

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Organises exhibition to mark its silver jubilee celebrations Organises exhibition to mark its silver jubilee celebrations

Thanjavur: Tamil University has organised a book exhibition in connection with its silver jubilee at the Palace Complex here.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Finance, S.S. Palani Manickam, on Friday, is no doubt a rare opportunity for book lovers of Thanjavur to satiate their reading appetite.

Sixty-five participants - out of which ten are English publishers - have put up stalls in the exhibition that will last till June 19.

Thus under one roof, book lovers can purchase any book of their interest.

Palaniappa Brothers, Kalachvadugal, Dravidan Pathippakam, Vikatan Publications Kannadasan Pathippagam, Sri Ramakrishna Mutt, Manivasagar Pathippagam, Rathna Puthaga Ulagam, New Century Book House Private Limited and Natham Geetham book-sellers are the publications which are participating in the exhibition.

University stall

Tamil University has put up a stall featuring all its publications.

According to A. Ramanathan, Director (in-charge), Publications division, Tamil University, 385 books have been published by the university in its 25 year history.

"Even century-old universities have not published so many books. Moreover, we publish books that run to more than 1000 pages and in volumes also they are more in number. We have published so far 13 volumes of Humanities encyclopaedia and 14th and 15th volume are going to be released soon. We have published 16 volumes of Science encyclopaedia," Ramanathan said.

Marketing opportunity

C. Subramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University said that besides organising the book exhibition, the university has provided marketing opportunity also to the publishers by taking a decision to purchase books worth Rs.two lakh.

"This is an effort to encourage book publishers to come and participate in the book exhibition which is going to be an annual affair from this year," Subramaniam said.

CM's order welcomed

Gandhi Kannadasan, President, South Indian Publishers and Book Sellers Association, who was instrumental in bringing more publishers to put up stalls in the exhibition, welcomed the Chief Minister's order for purchasing 1000 books instead of 600 books by public libraries every year.

Educational institutions have put up stalls to help students get information and details about higher studies.

The participating colleges are Bon seccours college, Marudhu Pandiyar college, Bharath college of Science and Management, etc.

Cultural programmes

Tamil University has also organised evening cultural programmes to attract readers.

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