With the recognition of Tamil as a ‘Classical language’ through an official notification of the Government of India on12.10.2004, a Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil was established under the 10th Plan at the CIIL and a Tamil Language Development Board was created. This marked the beginning of according Tamil tradition the status that had been long overdue.
Later, a Central Institute for Classical Tamil at Chennai was established by Singh in the subsequent years with the following aims and objectives:
To organize and offer educational and research programmes at postgraduate level in classical Tamil leading to Ph.D. and Post Doctoral Awards.
To support research projects received from universities and established institutions and also support such field studies as may be relevant to the disciplines mentioned
To organize national and international conferences, seminars and Workshops and support similar efforts in universities and established academic institutions
To support publication of research studies.
To support publication of ancient Tamil works in original and in translation in English and Indian languages.
To promote and encourage studies in the composite nature of Indian culture and Dravidian component in Indian civilization and heritage.
To provide fellowships for doctoral and post-doctoral research in classical Tamil.
To institute awards for outstanding contributions in area of classical Tamil.
To promote Classical Tamil education in India and abroad.
To serve as a clearing house of information pertaining to classical Tamil.
Udaya Narayana Singh Office: Professor, Rabindra Bhavana, & Chair, Centre for Endangered Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan 731235 Dt Birbhum (West Bengal, INDIA) Residence: B1 & C1, Dakshinayan, Aban Pally, Mauza Taltor (Near Jorabari), Santiniketan 731235