Texas: First payment of $50,000 has been made to the University of Houston (UH) by the Houston Tamil Studies Chair (HSTC) Inc. for setting up a Tamil Studies Chair at the university.
Dr. Renu Khator, Indian American chancellor and president, Dr. Eloise Dunn Brice, vice chancellor and vice president, Dr. Daniel P. O’Connor, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Kim Howard, senior director of Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences received the cheque in an event on November 11.
Consul General Aseem Mahajan also attended the event, which was live-streamed.
Khator said that she was pleased to note that HTSC’s setting up a Tamil Chair is the first Indian language chair being set up in Texas and particularly at UH.
HTSC was represented by its board comprising president Sockalingam (Sam) Kannappan, Tupil Narasiman, Thiruvengadam Arumugam, Perumal Annamalai, N. Ganesan, Sockalingam
Kannappan thanked the Tamil Nadu state government for contributing $140,000 to the chair.
HTSC intends to raise $2 million by the end of 2026 to set up a permanent Tamil Studies Chair at UH. The plan calls for funding the first million dollars by July 31, 2022, and the rest by 2026, according to the release.