A language lab will be set up in the Banaras Hindu University to teach Tamil quickly and easily to speakers of other languages, Minister for Culture and Tamil Official Language K Pandiarajan announced in the Assembly.
The minister said Rs 9.60 lakh will be allotted for the purpose.
The government will provide for tuition and hostel fee of students who opt to learn Tamil as a second language in BHU, "according to the number of students, every year."
The government will allot Rs 1.85 lakh towards it, he added.
Also, Rs 30 lakh will be earmarked to offer training on Tamil learning through grammar and literature to both Tamil language teachers and students in Fiji and British Guiana.
Pandiarajan said steps will be taken for getting recognition for 'Thirukkural,' (a Tamil classic and a treatise on areas including dharma) as a "World Book," through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), he said.