President Pranab Mukherjee confers Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil

President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13. It was bestowed on scholars who have made outstanding contribution to the development of Classical Tamil language and literature.

Tolkappiyar Award for lifetime achievement in Classical Tamil was given to SV Shanmugam for year 2011-12 and R Krishnamurthi for year 2012-13.

Kural Pitam Award was given to Eva Maria Wilden of Germany for 2011-12.

Young Scholar Awards was presented to E. Ezhilvasanthan, K. Jawahar and K. Iyyappan for 2011-12 while for the year 2012-13 was given to R. Venkatesan, A. Sathish, M.R. Devak, U. Alibava and B. Jaiganesh.

About the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil

  • These awards have been instituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD).
  • It gives recognition to distinguished scholars who have made outstanding contribution to the development of Classical Tamil language and literature.
  • The award carries citation and shawl apart from a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh for Tolkappiyar Award and Kural Peedam awardees. While, Rs. 1 lakh for young Scholar Awardees.

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