The Campaign_


With over 80 million speakers, Tamil is the 20th most commonly spoken language in the world. And yet, the word itself — “Tamil” — connotes so much more than a language. It’s a rich tapestry, comprising a dynamic culture, a vast history, and storied traditions. The Tamil Chair Initiative is our way of placing a microscope on  this experience so we can preserve it, in its entirety, for generations to come. It’s an experience we want everyone to have: Our neighbours, our friends, and our families  By installing a Tamil Chair to oversee dedicated research and scholarship for Tamil studies at the University of Toronto —one of Canada’s most prestigious academic institutions — we will preserve the legacy of the Tamil identity for generations to come. The Tamil Chair will be the point of connection between the academic work that’s preceded us and the work that’s still to come. It will give this work a home, making it accessible for anyone interested in Tamil scholarship across the globe.

An endowed chair at UTSC, will have a significant impact on academic investigation in Tamil for generations to come.

The support of the international Tamil community will play a critical role in the success of making the Tamil Chair. This is an important project that we will see come to fruition that will help transform the study of Tamil.

This is the first time a community funded chair is being created in the University of Toronto. Tamils in Canada and across the world are proud of this initiative. The University is equally thrilled to work with the community to establish this chair.

The modern colloquial language differs considerably from classical forms and from formal written Tamil. Toronto is an important centre for Tamil emigrants, with a lively community of restaurants and businesses, art, community services and mass media hundreds of thousands of Tamils call Toronto home.

Tamil is a language of the Indian subcontinent spoken in Sri Lanka and parts of India. It is also an official language of Singapore. With a literature more than 2,000 years old, Tamil is one of the longest-surviving classical languages in the world.


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