I am glad to be doing this post. Our INFITT Chair Dr.Kalyanasundaram has been awarded the prestigious “Sundara Ramasamy Award for Tamil Information Technology” on 18th May 2008, in a function held at the University of Toronto, from the Canadian Tamil’s initiative TAMIL LITERARY GARDEN. Sundara Ramasamy (Sura) award citation mentioned few of Dr.Kalyan’s numerous contributions in the area of Tamil fonts, development of font encoding standards such as TSCII, Project Madurai and INFITT. Pioneer Dr K. Srinivasan of Montreal was the first recipient of this award last year.
It was one of the several Awards given out that day. Well known Tamil writer and translator Lakshmi Holmström received the main “Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007”, also known as Iyal Virudhu. Prof. George Hart III of Univ. California, Berkeley and Mr Padmanabha Iyer of UK were earlier recipients of the “Iyal Viruthu” awards.