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TAMIL UNIVERSITY, THANJAVUR

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The Tamil University was established at Thanjavur by the Government of Tamil Nadu on 15th September 1981 under the provision of the Tamil University Act No.9 of 1982, for furthering the advancement of learning and research in Tamil language, literature and culture. The University Grants Commission, New Delhi recognized the University on 11th June 1985.

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The idea of creating a separate University for Tamil language was mooted as early as 1925 by the learned scholars of Tamil society. This idea took a concrete shape in 1981 under the leadership of the Former Hon'b1e Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. M. G. Ramachandran. He announced at the Fifth World Tamil Conference held at Madurai, that a University exclusively to promote the high level research in Tamilology would be set up at Thanjavur, as Thanjavur is the epitome of art and culture for centuries together.

The University is enshrined with the motto "Ulluvathellam Uyarvullal," which means "always think positively and think only the supreme thoughts."

It is a unitary type of University meant for higher research, with no affiliated colleges. Initially, the University focused only on research. Later this University started spreading its wings for the cause of academic training of the youth. In 1992, the University started conducting academic research by offering M. Phil. and Ph. D. programmes in various disciplines.

After a decade, the scope was further broadened. In 2002, Post Graduate courses in arts and humanities were introduced and subsequently in 2005 PG Courses in Sciences were included to meet the aspiration of Tamil society. Several certificate and Diploma courses are also offered. By this way, research and teaching has become the integral part of the University's programmes.

VISION


• The university serves as a cultural causeway between Tamil Nadu and people of Tamil origin living abroad. The following are the visions of this University:

• To function as a high – level research centre in Tamil language, literature and culture.


• To impart training to those residing within and beyond India who desire to study Tamil.


• To facilitate and regulate research in fields like art, culture, music, stage – plays, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, grammar, linguistics, history, archaeology, epigraphy, religion, philosophy, geography, earth sciences, astronomy, navigation and shipping, astrology, siddha medicine, engineering sciences and handicrafts that have developed on the basis of the Tamil language and literature.


• To translate books in other languages into Tamil according to the needs in consonance with the objectives of the University and also to translate Tamil books into other languages.


• To preserve and publish palm – leaf manuscripts and rare paper manuscripts.


• To document and publish epigraphs relating to Tamil language, culture and history.


• To compile and publish words, expressions, colloquial terms, words peculiar to different segment to the Tamil society.


• To institute studies in Tamil language and literature in relation to other Indian cultures and


• To organize advanced studies and research programmes based on a deep understanding of the trends in Tamil language and literature.


MISSION

The mission of the University is to further the advancement of learning and research in Tamil language, literature and culture. It is a unitary type of University meant for higher research, with no affiliated colleges. Later this University started spreading its wings for the cause of the student community. Keeping this is in mind, in 1992, the University started conducting academic research by offering M. Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in various disciplines. After a decade, the scope was further broadened. In 2002, Post Graduate courses in arts and humanities have been introduced and subsequently in 2005. PG courses in sciences have also been included to meet the aspiration of Tamil society. Certificate and Diploma courses are also offered. By this way, research and teaching has become the integral part of the University.

ONLINE EDUCATION SUPPORT HUB – OESH

The OESH is the center wherein personalized, supplementary, supportive services are rendered to online students whenever they feel the need. OESH shall provide admission counseling for course selection, submission of admission application 'online' and any other guidance or assistance required till the award of Certificate/Diploma/PG Diploma or Degree, which includes the availability of Information Brochure, Study Material (these are also available online), evaluation of assignments, conduct of practical examinations, etc. In this era of consistent advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the world has become a global village and Online Education Programmes, The Future of Learning.

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