MKU prof bags Tamil Chemmal award | Madurai News


Madurai: Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) professor and head of the department of Tamilology Dr B Sathiyamoorthy has been selected for the ‘Tamil Chemmal’ award, which is given annually to eminent scholars for their contributions in the field of Tamil literature by the state government. The award also comprises a cash prize of Rs 25,000.
The criteria for the award include number of research publications, ability to organise national and international conferences, and contributions in developing and promoting Tamil literature and culture. Dr Sathiyamoorthy has 98 research publications to his name and has organised around 70 conferences in the last 10 years. He has also published an English-Tamil-Chinese dictionary and 35 books on various Tamil scholars. Under his mentorship, six students have received their PhD and 60 students have received M Phil. “It is an honour. This is the first time that someone from MKU is being selected for the award. With the support from the university, we were able to reach out and collaborate for the growth of Tamil, nationally and internationally,” he said.
The professor has been actively involved in collaborating with various educational institutions, organisations and associations working for development of Tamil, from not just in India but countries like China, US, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Uganda etc., to organise cultural and literary events.
Around 300 students, faculty and scholars from various countries have visited the department of Tamilology to learn and exchange knowledge. He was instrumental in signing at least 10 MoUs with other international and domestic universities, colleges for the development of Tamil language. He said that the award encourages him to do more for the growth and development of Tamil.


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