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A call for abstracts was issued during August 2004. In response to the
call for the abstracts, we received more than 260 papers. Out of this, 100
abstracts were approved by the Technical Evaluation Committee and the
authors were asked to write detailed papers. The detailed papers were then
evaluated and 40 papers have been accepted for publication. Out of the 40
papers, about 15 will be presented at the Conference. The three best among
them will be awarded prizes at the Conference.
The Federation of Tamil Sangams
of North America (FeTNA), The Tamil Sangam of
Greater Washington and other Tamil Organizations in USA and abroad are
collaborating to conduct the International Thirukkural Conference during
July 8-10, 2005 in the Washington D. C. area. Dr. V. C. Kulandaisamy,
formerly vice chancellor of several universities in India, Tamil scholar,
author of books on Thirukkural and recipient of Padma Sri Award has kindly
consented to be the Honorary Chairman and the keynote speaker for the
Conference. Researchers specializing in Thirukkural and Tamil scholars
from India, UK, USA, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and other
countries will be participating in this conference.
During this conference, as a souvenir, we plan to
publish a book containing research articles on Thirukkural. Those who
would like to have their articles published in this book and presented at
the conference should first submit an abstract. Our goal is to ensure that
the articles that are published in this book contain original research
material on Thirukkural. A Technical Evaluation Committee consisting of
eminent Tamil scholars has been formed to review the abstracts to ensure
that the articles selected for publication meet the expectations in terms
quality and originality of research. The authors whose abstracts are
selected will be notified of the selection and requested to submit a
detailed paper to be included in the book.
The following rules and guidelines shall apply to the
submission of abstracts and papers for this conference publication:
Abstracts should be submitted no later than August
31, 2004 **
An author may submit more than one abstract for
consideration. Articles can be in Tamil or English
Please send copies
(2) of the Abstracts to the addresses listed below
|Dr. T. Murugarathanam
5, 3rd Street, Theni road
Palkalai nagar East
Madurai 625 021 INDIA
|Dr. Sornam V. Sankar
5420 Autumn Field Court
Ellicott City, MD 21430
Authors will be notified by October 15, 2004
whether their abstracts have been selected or not.
Final copy of the detailed paper should be
submitted no later than December 31, 2004.
Abstracts and selected papers should be either
printed or typed. Abstracts should be less than two standard pages and
the final paper should be less than ten standard pages.
The Technical Evaluation Committee will review and
rank the articles based on the quality of research, originality and
other suitable criteria. The top three articles will be awarded prizes.
First prize - $1000; Second prize $500; Third prize $300. Also, the
prize winning articles will be published in the Research Journal “Tamil
World” published by the International Institute for Tamil Cultural
Studies, Madurai, India.
Members of the Technical Evaluation Committee may
submit articles for inclusion in the book to be published. But, they are
not eligible for the prizes.
The authors of the papers will have the
opportunity to present their papers at the conference. However, they
should make their financial arrangements for travel to USA either by
themselves or through grants/donations from other organizations.
Authors can submit abstracts and papers on any
topic that is related to Thirukkural. Listed below are some examples of
topics for the authors’ consideration. However, it is not required that
they should write their papers only on these topics.
Principle- Centered Living
Valluvar on Purpose
Valluvar on Public
Valluvar on Personal
and Interpersonal relationship
Valluvar and other
Philosophers and Thinkers of the World
Thirukkural and Feminism
Male Morality and Thirukkural
Thirukkural and the Environment
Valluvar on Romance
The Relevance of Valluvar
to the Modern World
Valluvar in Indian
The Trivarga Purushharthaas(Human Goals) of Valluvar
and the Caturvarga Purushaarthaas
The Religion of Valluvar
Valluvar in World
If you have any questions
or comments regarding the International Thirukkural Conference or
regarding this notification, please send them to the email address
Long live Tamil! Let
Thiruvalluvar’s glory be known all over the world!
Dr. R. Prabhakaran
** Abstracts submission
date will be extended to september 30,2004