Sangam Professorship in Tamil

November 9, 2017

The Department of South Asian Studies is extremely pleased to announce the efforts to establish an endowed chair of Sangam Tamil in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. This effort, sanctioned by the University, is an undertaking by the worldwide Tamil community that has been spearheaded by Dr. Janakiraman and Dr. Sambandam, see


Over the past two years the worldwide Tamil community has collected over $2.5 Million out of 6 Million necessary to establish an endowed chair in perpetuity.


This is a unique opportunity to further the study of Tamil, beginning with the Sangam texts, more than two thousand years ago. It will put Tamil language, literature and culture on a long deserved firm footing.