The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said, “At a time when I have been emphasizing to the Central government that Tamil should be made an official language, and to use Tamil in the Madras High Court, they are trying to impose to teach law and commerce in Hindi in Tamil Nadu universities, which is neither right nor legal.”

Notably, University Grants Commission (UGC) forwarded a circular to Anna University along with the Alagappa University on Tuesday stating that Hindi should be their main language.

Jayalalithaa said, “The decision taken by the Central Hindi Committee in July 2011 would not bind the universities of Tamil Nadu. Chief Secretary Mohan Varghese Chunkath has been directed to advise the government-run universities to inform the UGC in this regard.”

According to the Official Languages Act, 1963, English shall be used for purposes of communication in states that have not adopted Hindi as their official language.

As per the Official Languages (Use for Official Purpose of the Union) Rules, 1976, Tamil Nadu and other states fall in what has been categorised as ‘Region C’.

The rules states that communication from the Central government to non-central government offices or persons in these states shall be in English.

The states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab, and the Union territories of Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli falls under ‘Region B’, and any communication from the Central government office to them shall be in Hindi. If any communication is issued to any of them in English, it shall be accompanied by a Hindi translation.

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