m karunanidhi: Two former professors of the University of Pondicherry receive classic Tamil prizes | Chennai News

PUDUCHERRY: Two former professors from the University of Pondicherry have been shortlisted for the Tamil Classical Kalaignar M Karunanidhi Prize from the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Chennai.
Former Professor and Head of the English Department, University of Pondicherry, P Marudhanayagam, who retired in 2001, was shortlisted for the 2013 Prize of the Year. Former Professor (History), University of Pondicherry , K Rajan, who retired last year, was shortlisted for the 2016 award.
The prize carries a check for Rs 10 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of the donor, the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Karunanidhi. The late DMK leader created from his personal funds an endowment in his name for classical Tamil research at the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT). From the endowment, the Kalaignar M Karunanidhi Semmozhi Tamil Prize is awarded annually to distinguished scholars and researchers.
The prize is awarded for the best contribution to classical Tamil studies by a researcher in archeology, epigraphy, numismatics, ancient grammar and linguistic study, literary criticism, creative writing, translation, music, dance, theater, painting and sculpture.
The award is given for a single work of great scholarship or for a lifetime contribution according to uniqueness, excellence and international recognition. The laureate can be a distinguished scholar of any nationality and the work can be in any language.
The CICT is an autonomous higher research institute operating under the Union Ministry of Education, the Indian government established specifically to conduct higher research in classical Tamil at the international level. The institute is engaged in several research activities aimed at establishing the antiquity and uniqueness of Tamil and Classical Tamil in particular and spreading its findings globally.

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