Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 New Government Medical Colleges across Tamil Nadu.
The new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai will be inaugurated on January 12 at 4 pm (India time) through video conferencing, informed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
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.
"Establishment of these medical colleges is in line with the Prime Minister's constant endeavour to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure in all parts of the country. With a cumulative capacity of 1,450 seats, the new medical colleges are being established under the Centrally Sponsored scheme of 'Establishing of New Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospital'. Under the scheme, medical colleges are established in districts, which do not have either a government or private medical college," stated the PMO.
As per the PMO, the establishment of a new campus of 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 Indian Government and is built at the cost of Rs 24 Crore. CICT, operating from a rented building so far, will now benefit from a new three-storey campus. The new campus is equipped with a spacious library, an e-library, seminar halls, and a multimedia hall.
The institute library has a rich collection of over 45,000 ancient Tamil Books. To promote classical Tamil and support its students, the Institute indulges in academic activities like holding seminars and training programmes, granting fellowship etc.