‘Set up Thirukkural research centre’

Second global meet held

The second international conference on Thirukkural ended here recently urging UNESCO to announce the Tamil literary work as an ethical corpus of the world.

A resolution in this regard was passed at the end of the conference, G. John Samuel, International Coordinator of the conference and founder-Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, told reporters here after the valedictory at Scott Christian College.

The conference also urged the state and central governments to establish a world Thirukkural research centre in Nagercoil.

The centre will extend its hand for research on Thirukkural, a meeting hall, museum and a world class exhibition, Mr. Samuel said.

Mukilai Rasapandian, Registrar, Central Institute of Classical Tamil Research, said Thirukkural was the first book translated in 54 languages, including 24 foreign languages, and also in “Wagri Boli,” a language used by Narikuravas, and in Sourashtra and Thulu languages.

The conference was inaugurated by Princess Gowri Parvathi Bayi of Tranvancore in the presence of Prof. Armoogum Parsuramen, president, International Association of Tamil Diaspora. Mr. Gregory James, retired professor, Hongkong University of Science and Technology, delivered the inaugural address.

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