The new medical colleges are being established at an estimated cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, out of which around Rs 2,145 crore has been provided by the Union government and the rest by the Tamil Nadu government.
The districts in which the new medical colleges are being established are Virudhunagar, Namakkal, The Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri.
The new medical colleges, with cumulative capacity of 1,450 seats, are being established under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of establishing new medical colleges attached with the existing district/referral hospitals.
Under the Scheme, medical colleges are established in districts which do not have either a government or private medical college.
The establishment 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 new campus is fully funded by the Union government and built at a cost of Rs 24 crore. CICT, which was operating from a rented building so far, will now operate from a new three-storey campus. The new campus is equipped with a spacious library, an e-library, seminar halls and a multimedia hall.
An autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Education, CICT is contributing to the promotion of classical Tamil language by doing research activities so as to establish the ancientness and uniqueness of the language.
The institute library has a rich collection of over 45,000 ancient Tamil books. It also aims to translate and publish Thirukkural in various Indian as well as 100 foreign languages. The new campus will provide an efficient working environment for the institute in its pursuit of promoting classical Tamil culture across the world.