The history of the Tamil department begins with the introduction of the course -Tamil Translation in 1884. Mr. Ramalingam from Jaffna University was in charge of the department during the time. Tamil was introduced as Part – I Language in the Intermediate course in 1914. The Tamil Department was then headed by Prof. A. Karmega Konar. Prof.P.Jothimuthu, an expert in Translation, translated Sangam Literature into English, particularly Aingurunuru and Purananuru. The undergraduate programme in Tamil was started in the year 1971 under the headship of Prof. Moses Ponniah. It was later upgraded into a Postgraduate Department in 1986. Prof. Solomon Pappiah was the Head of the Department then. The department has been recognized as a Research Centre since January 2000. The M.Phil., programme was started in the year 2005.
Courses Offered: B.A, M.A, M.Phil (Self Financed)
Language and Literature – Tamil
Madurai – 625002,
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