Trichy, India: Bharathidasan University in Trichy, India, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NIIT GIS Ltd. (Esri-India) and Centre for Remote Sensing. The ceremony was presided over by Dr T S Sridhar, Additional Chief Secretary in the higher education department who also released the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) newsletter of the University and a book titled, ‘Gateway for Competitive Examinations’.
The University’s Vice Chancellor K Meena delivered the keynote address and said the Environmental Systems Research Institute, India, would provide quality facilities for GIS and remote sensing for environmental applications. Registrar Dr T Ramasamy said the MoU was basically for sharing of resources.
Another important event was the launching of a digital manuscript gallery that officially includes the 235-page Tholkappiam, now made available for download on the internet. The book had been compiled by Mazhaivai Mahalinga Iyer, 165 years ago, who had translated the epic Tholkappiam from the original palm leaf writings into the modern-day Tamil language. Though the University’s Centre for Periyar Studies has been involved in the collection and upload of research materials on the internet, this was the first time the Tholkappiam’s first edition, believed to have been written in 1847, was officially made available on the University’s digital gallery. The Periyar Studies started in 1999 and has a collection of 2,651 books.
Source: Times of India