CBCS - COURSE OUTLINE FOR 2005-2006 - University of Madras

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CBCS - COURSE OUTLINE FOR 2005-2006 - University of MadrasCBCS -


    The School of Tamil and Dravidian Languages consists of Departments of Tamil Literature, Tamil Language, Chair on Christian Tamil Literature, and Departments of Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

    The department of Comparative Philology, Oriental Research Institute (ORI), University of Madras first began researches in Tamil in 1914. In 1927, a separate Tamil department was established in the Institute. In 1930 the Tamil department was further

    expanded. The Tamil department specialized in Classical Tamil Literature, Folklore, Tirukkural Studies and Comparative Grammar.

    It published the much reputed annals of Oriental Research and Tamil dictionary. The department of Tamil was bifurcated into departments of Tamil Literature and Tamil Language in 1980-81.0

    Since 1981, the department of Tamil Literature specializes in Literary Studies, Grammar, Linguistics Folklore, Translation, Mass media and Comparative Literature to evolve a holistic study of Tamil Culture. The department of Tamil Litarature

    offers Masters, M.Phil and . Programmes. Thirukkural Research Unit (TRU) of the Tamilnadu Government Endowment Scheme is also functioning under the aegis of this department. The Department offers a Certificate Diploma Course in Folkloristics.

    The department of Tamil Language specializes in the fields of Lexicography, Grammar, Translation, Stylistics, Discourse analysis, Linguistics, Literary Criticism, and Publishing. It offers Masters, M.Phil and . Programmes.

    In 1984, a Chair on Christian Tamil Literature was instituted by the Government of Tamil Nadu and this Chair

    specializes on the contributions of Christians to Tamilology. This Chair offered M.Phil and . Programmes.

    The unit of Telugu Studies was created in ORI in 1914 and it became full fledged department in1927. When it was reorganized in 1930, the focus of the department shifted to religious and cultural dimensions of Telugu Literature, Comparative

    Literature and Folklore. The department of Telugu offers Masters, M.Phil and . Programmes.

    The unit of Kannada Studies was also started in 1927 in ORI with Prof.A.Venkata Rao as its head. In 1930, the department was expanded and began to give attention to Literary Criticism, Kanada Culture and Comparative Grammar. The department offers Masters, M.Phil and . Programmes.

    The unit of Malayalam Studies was established in the ORI in 1927 under the headship of C.Achutha Menon. The department studies Social and Cultural dimensions of Malayalam Language and Literature. The department offers Masters, M.Phil and . Programmes.


    Dr. V. Arasu, Ph.D. - Chairperson

Tamil Literature

     V. Arasu, Ph.D. - Professor and Head

     Y.Manikandan, Ph.D. - Lecturer

     G.Palani,Ph.D. - Lecturer

     A.Ekambaram, Ph.D. - Lecturer

Tirukkural Research Endowment

     K. Mohanraj, Ph.D. - Professor

Tamil Language

    V. Jayadevan, Ph.D. - Professor and Head

    N. Deivasundaram, Ph.D. - Professor

    M. Ponnuswamy, Ph.D. - Professor

    A.Balu, Ph.D. - Lecturer

    A.Gopal, Ph.D. - Lecturer(on contract)


    C. Ramaswamy, Ph.D. - Professor and Head

    Tamil Selvi, M.A. - Lecturer


    C.G. Rajendra Babu, Ph.D. - Professor and Head

    V. Jayaprasad - Reader

    P.M.Girish, Ph.D. - Lecturer



     S. Samanthakamani, Ph.D. - Professor and Head

     M. Sampath Kumar, Ph.D. - Lecturer

     N.Vistali Sanakara Rao, Ph.D.- Lecturer


M.A., Tamil Literature

Masters Courses

    Course Code Credits

     Course Title C/E/S L T P C TDL C001 Tamil Literary Tradition I C 3 1 0 4 TDL C002 Tamil Grammatical Tradition I C 3 1 0 4 TDL C003 Cultural History of Tamils I C 3 1 0 4 TDL C004 Tamil Studies : Source and Practice C 0 0 4 4 TDL E001 Epic Tradition in Tamil E 2 1 0 3 TDL E002 Cultural Geography of Tamil Nadu E 2 1 0 3 UOM S001 Soft Skill S 2

    TDL C005 Tamil Literary Tradition II C 3 1 0 4 TDL C006 Tamil Grammatical Tradition - II C 3 1 0 4 TDL C007 Cultural History of Tamils II C 3 1 0 4 TDL C008 General Linguistics C 3 1 0 4

    History of Tamil Theatre TDL E003 E 2 1 0 3

    Tholkkapiyam - Porulathigaram TDL E004 E 2 1 0 3 UOM S002 Soft Skill S 2

    TDL C009 Twentieth & Twenty First Century Fictions in C 3 1 0 4


    TDL C010 Ethical Literary Tradition C 3 1 0 4 TDL C011 Applied Folkloristics C 3 1 0 4 TDL C012 The Tamil Diaspora C 3 1 0 4 TDL E005 Creative Writing E 2 1 0 3 UOM S003 Soft Skill S 2 UOM I001 Internship S 2

    TDL C013 Twentieth Century Tamil Poetry C 3 1 0 4 TDL C014 Tamil Studies : Little Magazines C 3 1 0 4 TDL C015 Mass Media and Culture C 3 1 0 4 TDL E006 Translation Studies