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Tamil Chair at Harvard University


By Vidya Sridhar

HOUSTON: Harvard University has accepted a proposal to set up a “Sangam Tamil Chair” in the Department of South Asian Studies with the focus being on Tamil Sangam Literature and all Tamil literature influenced by it.

Tamil language has ancient literature dating back to around 300 B.C. Tamil is one of the classical languages of the world, with Greek, Sanskrit, Latin, Hebrew, Persian, and Chinese being the others. Apart from Tamil, for other classical languages, there is research and progressive work done at various international academic centers. Tamil is the 20th most commonly-spoken language (by 80 million people) in the world. Tamil literature is a vast field and there are many areas which need to be researched.


Why Harvard?
Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is considered as one of the celebrated citadels of Higher Education in the world producing many noble prize winners, celebrated scholars and above all many presidents of this country.

Representing many different countries, languages, and research interests, Harvard functions as a premier academic hub, promoting great diversity and intellectual vitality. Harvard has many of the best scholars in the world in its teaching faculty. Being a teaching and research university, Harvard provides great opportunities for Tamil students, scholars and researchers.

The total commitment to Harvard for setting up the Tamil Chair is six million U.S dollars.  Dr. S.T. Sambandam and Dr.V. Janakiraman are the two seed donors who have made $500,000 each are spearheading this effort.

In Houston, a team led by Sam Kannappan is organizing a fund raising event on March 25, at Meenakshi Temple’s Kalyana Mandapam. Three local organizations, Meenakshi Temple Society,Tamil Nadu Foundation and Bharathi Kalai Mandram have joined together to raise fund for this noble cause! The function is scheduled to start at 4:30 pm with a light snacks followed by dinner after the function.

 Your donation to Tamil Chair, Inc. is eligible for tax deduction in the U.S. Encourage your friends and family to join us in setting up this chair. By being part of this great effort, you will become a part of the Tamil history. The checks can be made payable to ‘Tamil Chair Inc’ and mailed to V.K. Dorai, 111 Addison place, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Donations given to Tamil Chair, Inc. are tax deductible. For details contact:

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7 Responses to Tamil Chair at Harvard University

  1. Sundararajan Sengazhani February 6, 2018 at 4:27 am

    how to donate from channai, bangalore or other cities. please let me know.

  2. Masilamani Sivaraman January 8, 2018 at 3:48 am

    I Love Tamil , Proud to be a Tamilan .

  3. Madhava Gopal October 22, 2017 at 1:28 am

    My name is Madhava Gopal and I am from Salem, Tamilnadu, India.
    I have written a book on Tamil Vedham which existed 4 million years ago. I have also recorded and posted over 70 episodes in YouTube for viewing. Tamil is way beyond just being a language, it is a gateway to the universal truths and that is why the civilisation with this knowledge flourished 4 million years back. All this knowledge was lost when Lumeria submerged into the sea and now it has been brought back through the book “Tamil Vedham” as revealed to me through meditation for the last 45 years. It is very important to understand the greatness of our amazing Tamil language so that our future generations take pride in learning, preserving and flourishing through this ancient knowledge.
    I am grateful to the divinity for giving me the opportunity in bringing back this lost gem which will give an insight about the greatness of our ancestors.
    My attempt here is to share and take this amazing wealth of knowledge and the technology of sounds received through Tamil Vedham to as many people as possible and I would be most grateful if you could help me in anyway possible in this endeavour.
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  4. sujee September 29, 2017 at 4:44 am

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  5. ARUL MOZHI August 19, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I am also tamilan. i need a any type of job. please anyone help me as a tamilans. dont ignore. this is my request.

  6. Rajasekaram April 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    In your Massage I sow the Tamil was started nearly in 300. B.C. Year,that was wrong, The Ancient Sumerian was Talking Tamil , but time (the Tamil language was anther name, may be”Aramic “). The. Lord Jesus called his mother Marty” Marry Era Pasi / Pazi”- this was 100% Tamil word, tree are lot of Tami words in “Greek New Testment ” , nearly more than 20 Tamil words I had found, I am watting from a German father , next -( ancient Sumerian Arasi Nella Thari time was B,C, 2250, that time Tamil was in Egypt, in Egypt Museum there are Tamil letters, Ex, Primenister from Egypt was in Tamil Nadu, when Anna Thuri was C, M, I think you know better than me, the word what Sumerian used in ” Jaffna ” still we speak, Enda Katha / Uvan Enda, / En Amma, and more, Sumerian food still “Jaffna Tamils cocking, ” but U,S,A, I don’t know , the name was ” Nithu” or you can call as”Nithu Putu”‘,

  7. Rajasekaram April 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    The Tamil Chair in Harvard University is important for world and American Tamils, but we( live in EU country) speak in Germany, so mostly we look news in Deutsch,German Univercities, had more news about Tamils, same time Tamils in Europa study in the National language, and mother language as Tamil, most of Europian Countries allow their Religious sand, I think you know it,Nanri,

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