The Government of Madras took up for consideration the question of publication of the various manuscripts in different languages on subjects like philosophy, Medicine, Science, etc., early in May 1948. Important Manuscript Libraries in the Madras presidency were requested to send a list of unpublished manuscripts with them for favour of being considered by the Government for publication. The Honorary Secretary of the Tanjore Maharaja Serfoji's Sarasvathi Mahal Library, Tanjore, alone complied with this request. This list as well as a similar list of unpublished manuscripts in the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, were carefully examined and a tentative selection of manuscripts suitable for publication was made. The Government in their Memorandum No. 34913/48-10, Education, dated 4-4-1949, constituted an Expert Committee with the Curator of the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, Madras, as the Secretary, for the final selection of manuscripts suitable for printing and for estimating the cost of publication.
The following are members of the Committee:
1 Sri T. M. Narayanaswami, Pillai M.A., B.L.,
2. " R. P. Sethu Pillai, B.A., B.L.,
3. " C. M. Ramachandra Chettiar, B.A., B.L.,
4. „ R. Krishnamoorthy, (Kalki)
5. Dr. N. Venkataramanayya, M.A., Ph.D.,
6. Sri M. Ramanuja Rao Naidu, M.A., L.T.,
7. " V. Prabhakara Sastri.
8. „ N. Venkata Rao, M. A.,
9. „ H. Sesha Ayyangar.
10. " Masthi Venkatesa Ayyangar, M.A.,