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Professor Sanmugadas Clarifies to Media on London Conference

Professor Sanmugadas Clarifies to Media on London Conference

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[TamilNet, Friday, 16 August 2013, 17:07 GMT]
Amidst threats coming from Sri Lanka’s UGC Chairperson, MilitaryChief, and government news portal against a conference in London,un-named but alleged by them that it is being organized by “TamilEelam Government of the tiger terrorists in London,” Professor A.Sanmugadas, who is academically leading the World Conference onTamilology currently being held in London, clarified to media onFriday about the nature of the conference. The chief guest for theinauguration of the conference on Wednesday was the director of the International Institute of Tamil Studies in Chennai and theSpecial Guest was the Registrar of the Central Institute of ClassicalTamil [an Indian Central Government institution] in Chennai. Noneof the 124 papers of the conference is politically orientated,Sanmugadas said.
Professor A Sanmugadas at the conference in LondonBriefing his long academic career since 1965 at Peradeniya and later in
Jaffna universities, the Emeritus Professor of Tamil and Linguistics said thathe accepted the organisation of the conference after verifying that therewould be no political connections and no participation of any politicians.The invitation for papers was sent to various universities in India, SriLanka, Malaysia, Canada and elsewhere, he said, adding that the aim wasto collect valid papers on Tamilology.8 such international conferences were held in the past and the last one washeld in Chennai in 2009. The current conference is to keep the continuity,he said.As the centenary of the grand Tamil scholar Rev. Fr. Thaninayagam Adika’lwas falling on this year, it was decided to convene the conference as afelicitation of him, Sanmugadas said, briefing on the contributions of Thaninayagam in internationalising Tamilology.The International Institute of Tamil Studies in Chennai is now printing the124 papers, accepted for presentation at the conference, Prof Sanmugadassaid.None of them are political or “extreme sort” of papers; he was personallyinvolved in ensuring it, such papers were not allowed, he further said.Around 45 to 50 delegates have personally come. The majority of them arefrom India and Sri Lanka. As I am from ‘Sri Lanka’ I had contacted mycolleagues in the universities of Peradeniya, Jaffna, Sabragamuwa, UvaWellasa etc. Many couldn’t come, as they didn’t get the visa in time,Sanmugadas said.He was reiterating that the papers were on Tamil literature, linguistics andculture, and the conference was convened only for the purpose of Tamilology.* * *Meanwhile Professor K Vichayarakavan, the director of the InternationalInstitute of Tamil Studies, a Tamil Nadu government institution and Dr KChidambaram, an associate professor of the institution have also came outwith statements to media in London.
Professor K Vichayarakavan [Left] and Dr K Chidambaram [Right] from the International Institute of Tamil Studies (IITS), a Tamil Nadugovernment institution, address press in Tamil on Tamilology conference in London

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