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Central Institute of Classical Tamil

LOGO: The Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil (CECT)

The Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil (CECT), established by the Government of India with a view to promoting the cause of Classical Tamil, has been functioning at the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, a branch of the Department of Higher Education, Language Bureau, Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is engaged in the task of developing Tamil through various programmes of its own. CECT was moved to chennai by the Mid of May 2008 and rechristianed as Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT). The chairman of the new institute is Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalaignar M.Karunanidhi. The Governing body for Classical Tamil institute (TLPB) was also changed as Aimperumkuzhu (5 Members) and Enperayam (8 Members) under two vice-chairman Prof.V.I.Subramoniam and Prof.V.C.KulandaiSwamy, the chairman for this governing body is Dr.Kalaignar.

The Institute is responsible for the Kural Peedam Award.


  • Projects 1
  • Tamil Language Promotion Board (TLPB) 2
    • Chairman 2.1
    • Members 2.2
  • External links 3


The following are the ten major projects of The Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil (CECT):

  1. Definitive Editions of Ancient Tamil Works
  2. Translation of Ancient Tamil Works
  3. Historical Grammar of Tamil
  4. Antiquity of Tamil: An Inter-Disciplinary Research
  5. Synchronic And Diachronic Study of Tamil Dialects
  6. India As a Linguistic Area
  7. Digital Library For Ancient Tamil Studies
  8. Online Teaching of Classical Tamil
  9. Corpus Development For Classical Tamil Works
  10. Visual Episodes on Classical Tamil

Tamil Language Promotion Board (TLPB)

TLPB was now changed as Aimpermkuzhu and Enperayam The board was reconstituted.


Prof. V.C. Kulandai Swamy


Prof. M. Nannan

Dr. Silamboli Chellappan

Kavikko Dr. Abdul Rahman

Dr. Manavai Mustafa

Dr. Avvai Natarajan

Prof. Solomon Pappaiah

Kavinar Dr. Erode Thamizhanban

Perunkavikko Dr. V.M. Sethuraman

Prof. M.P. Balasubramaniyam

Dr. Iravatham Mahadevan

External links

  • Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Chennai
  • Central Institute of Classical Tamil
  • Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil
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