The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) was set up at Chennai to exclusively concentrate on research works relating to the Classical phase of Tamil (from the early period to 600 AD), which addresses the vital issue of the antiquity and uniqueness of Tamil. The major aims and objectives of the Institute are to organize and offer educational (P.G.) and research programmes in classical Tamil leading to Ph.D. and Postdoctoral awards, to organize International conferences, to promote and encourage studies in the composite nature of Indian culture and its Dravidian component, to promote classical Tamil and education in India and abroad and to serve as a clearing house of information pertaining to classical Tamil.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Kumari Selja said, this Institute is fully funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. An amount of Rs. 64.00 Crore was allotted during the XI Five Year Plan to the Institute. The Governing Board of CICT is chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Ex-officio Chairperson) and has 15 members. The Governing Board is Apex Body of the Institute. It also has other Committees such as Finance Committee. Academic Council and Apex Implementation Committee to look after the affairs of the Institute. The Institute is headed by a Director and has adequate staff