Central Institute of Classical Tamil

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The Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) is a body established by the Government of India with a view to promoting the cause of Classical Tamil. It is located in Chennai.


The CICT was formerly known as the Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil (CECT) and had 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. In May 2008, the CECT was moved to Chennai and was rechristened as the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT). The chairman of the new institute was the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi. The governing body for Classical Tamil Institute (TLPB) was also changed as Aimperumkuzhu (literally "5-membered great team") and Enperayam (literally "8-membered great committee") under two vice-chairmen, V. I. Subramoniam and V. C. Kulandaiswamy, with the chairman for this governing body being M. Karunanidhi.


The CICT is engaged in the task of developing Tamil through various programmes of its own. The Institute is responsible for the Kural Peedam Award.


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)[edit]

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

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