Department of Tamil

Tamil
Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. It has been described as "the only language of contemporary India which is recognizably continuous with a classical past. The variety and quality of classical Tamil literature has led to it being described as "one of the great classical traditions and literatures of the world".] Tamil literature has existed for over 2000 years is dated from ca. 300 BC – AD 300. It has the oldest extend literature amongst other Dravidian languages. The earliest epigraphic records found on rock edicts and hero stones date from around the 3rd century BC.More than 55% of the epigraphically inscriptions (about 55,000) found by the Archaeological Survey of India are in the Tamil language. The two earliest manuscripts from India, acknowledged and registered by UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 1997 and 2005, were in Tamil.

The earliest records in Old Tamil are short inscriptions from around the 2nd century BC in caves and on pottery. These inscriptions are written in a variant of the Brahmi script called Tamil Brahma. The earliest long text in Old Tamil is the Tolkappiyam, an early work on Tamil grammar and poetics, whose oldest layers could be as old as the 1st century BC. A large number of literary works in Old Tamil have also survived. These include a corpus of 2,381 poems collectively known as Sangam literature

Vision
• To improve the language skills of Tamil students who had been influenced by
   multi-languages.
• To introduce them to good pieces of LITERATURE
• To make comparative study of modern and historical literature along with
   translations and adaptations.

Mission
To develop in them finer sensibilities through learning POETRY
To create in them social awareness by introducing them to literatures which are SOCIALLY PROACTIVE

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