Digital Desk, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 new government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu and the new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai on January 12. According to the information received, the new medical colleges are being set up at an estimated cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, out of which about Rs 2,145 crore is provided by the central government and the rest by the Tamil Nadu government. New medical colleges are being set up in Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Tiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri districts.
In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said, these medical colleges are being set up in line with the Prime Minister’s constant endeavor to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure in all parts of the country. New Medical Colleges with a cumulative capacity of 1,450 seats are being set up under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme. The objective of this scheme is to establish new medical colleges attached to the existing district/referral hospital.
Under this scheme medical colleges are established in those districts which do not have any government or private medical college. The setting up of a new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to protect and preserve Indian heritage and promote classical languages, the PMO said. The new campus is fully funded by the central government and built at a cost of Rs 24 crore. The CICT, which was operating from a rented building till now, will now operate from the new three-storey complex. The new campus is equipped with a huge library, an e-library, seminar hall and a multimedia hall.
An autonomous organization under the Union Ministry of Education, CICT is contributing in establishing the antiquity and uniqueness of Tamil language and promoting Classical Tamil by conducting research activities. The library of the institute has a rich collection of more than 45,000 ancient Tamil books. In order to promote Classical Tamil and help its students, the institute organizes seminars and training programs and offers fellowships, apart from other academic activities. It aims to translate and publish Thirukkural in various Indian as well as 100 foreign languages. According to the statement, the new campus will provide an efficient working environment to the institute in its endeavor to promote classical Tamil across the world.
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