New Delhi, Jan 30 : The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for setting up of a Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai and designated the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as its ex-officio Chairperson.
The Cabinet also gave approval for incurring expenditure limited to Rs.76.32 crore over a period of four years for the institute.
It also gave approval for accepting land admeasuring 17 acres, free of cost, from the Tamil Nadu Government.
The Institute would be set up with 100 per cent recurring and non-recurring costs to be borne by the Central Government.
The main objective of this decision would be for preservation and development of Classical Tamil, which is an integral part of India's composite heritage.