The third Thamizh Academy awards, instituted by the SRM University, was presented under 11 categories recently. The event coincided with the birthday celebrations of SRM Group of Institutions Founder Chairman and Chancellor T R Pachamuthu. Pachamuthu and Academy Chairman and SRM University Vice-Chancellor M Ponnavaiko presented the cash awards worth Rs 20.50 lakh to the recipients at a function held on the university campus in suburban Kattankulathur. 
 The awards were instituted by the SRM University in 2011 in line with the Sahitya Akademi awards of the Central Government with higher cash component to honour eminent tamil scholars, researchers and authors in recognition of their contribution to the growth and development of Tamil language. 
 Though 10 awards were given during the last two editions, this year a new category ‘Vipulanandar Award’ was added and was given to an author, who had published Tamil books in abroad. The award, carrying a cash component of Rs 1.5 lakh, was given to author A Muthulingam for his Tamil book titled ‘Amerikakkari’.

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