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The Tamil language, in the south of India is known for its antiquity, its richness of vocabulary and its classical literature. For a long time these qualities were not known to the world outside. Orientalists such as Max Mueller, Keith and even Edwin Arnold identified the literature of India with Sanskrit only. It is this neglect of Tamil in the British period that motivated a meeting of Tamil scholars at Thanjavur to consider starting a university for the development and growth Tamil in August, 1925. But, perhaps due to the lack of patronage from the government, the plan did not materialise.
In post-independent India, in September 1981, the location of the Tamil University was chosen on the outskirts of Thanjavur. The Tamil Nadu State Assembly unanimously passed the Tamil University Act in the second week of September 1981 and the first Vice-Chancellor took office a week later, The University Grants Commission gave recognition to the university in 1983.
Department of Sculpture
Department of Music
Department of Drama
Department of Palmleaf Manuscriptology
Department of Rare Paper Manuscriptology
Department of Epigraphy
Department of Underwater Archaeology Centre
Department of Tamil Studies in Foreign Countries
Department of Translation
Department of Lexicography
Department of Social Science
Department of Scientific Tamil and Tamil Development
Department of Education
Department of Literature
Department of Linguistics
Department of Philosophy
Department of Tribal Research Centre
Department of School of Indian Languages
Department of Folklore