New Delhi: The PMO announced on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 new government medical colleges across Tamil Nadu, and the new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai, on January 12 at 4 p.m, through video conferencing.
The new medical colleges are being built at a cost of about Rs 4,000 crore with the Union government providing around Rs 2,145 crore and the Tamil Nadu government providing the rest, the PMO said. Virudhunagar, Namakkal, The Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram, and Krishnagiri are the districts where new Medical Colleges are being developed.
According to the Prime Minister's Office, the development of a new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai is in keeping with the Prime Minister's aim of preserving and promoting Indian history and classical languages.
The Union Government is fully funding the new campus, which would cost Rs 24 crore to construct. CICT, which had previously been housed in a rented structure, will soon be housed in a new three-story campus. It added the new campus has a large library, an e-library, lecture rooms, and a multimedia auditorium.
CICT, an autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Education, is working to promote classical Tamil by conducting study in order to establish the language's ancientness and distinctiveness. Over 45,000 old Tamil books are housed in the institute library. The Institute engages in academic activities such as hosting seminars and training programmes, providing fellowships, and so on in order to promote classical Tamil and support its students.