DMK chief backs Harvard Tamil Chair

Updated - September 08, 2015 05:49 am IST

Published - September 08, 2015 12:00 am IST - CHENNAI:

DMK president M. Karunanidhi has asked the State government to help the efforts of Tamil community in the United States to set up a Harvard Tamil Chair.

In a statement, he said that two NRI Tamil doctors, Janakiraman and Thirugnanasambandam, had received approval from the Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, to set up a Tamil Chair.

While the total amount needed is $6 million, the duo had promised to fund $1 million. The Tamil community needs to collect the remaining $5 million. An effort has been made to reach out to the Tamil community.

Harvard has two Chairs for Ukranian spoken by 30 million people and even when there was a Chair for Celtic spoken by 1.5 million and the university has Chairs for Hebrew, Sanskrit among other languages. Therefore, it is necessary to have a Tamil Chair at Harvard as it is the language of over 80 million people across the world, Mr. Karunanidhi said.

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