FAQ

An endowed chair is an academic unit under a specific department in an institution of higher education to teach and research, with the financial support of donors and it lasts indefinitely.

Tamil Chair Inc. is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, TAX-ID 47-5021758, registered in the state of Maryland (USA) is created for the purpose of establishing Tamil Chairs in Universities. It has succeeded in forming the first Tamil Chair at the Harvard University. Currently, it jointly works with Canadian Tamil Congress to establish a Tamil Chair at the University of Toronto.

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. The Tamil language has had a continuous and vibrant literary history which continues to this day. Tamil is the 20th most commonly-spoken language (by 80 million people) in the world. Today, Tamil is spoken in many countries of the world.

Tamil literature is a vast field and there are many areas which need to be researched. Tamil needs to be taught at institutions where other languages of the world are taught. Also, there are well over 300,000 Tamils in Canada who are passionate about their language and want their children to be proficient in the language. They had expressed an interest to learn Tamil and so it is being taught in the University at a basic level.

It is a matter of prestige for the Tamil community to set up a Tamil chair at the most reputed academic institution in Canada. It will also help produce Tamil scholars who will be trained in modern research methodologies. For other classical languages, there is research and progressive work done at various international academic centers. It is quite urgent and highly imperative that the same attention be given to the Tamil language. It will enhance the chances for its continual use and growth, and also gain global recognition.

This chair at University of Toronto could become the guiding light for other institutions that are engaged in Tamil studies and research.

No. Sangam literature and other Tamil literature will be taught. Since Sangam literature is the basis of all later literature including our bhakthi literature, all related literature will also be taught.

No. Sangam and other Tamil literature including modern literature will be taught. Since Sangam literature is the basis of all later literature, all related literature will be taught.

The University of Toronto is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning. It is ranked as the best university in Canada. The University of Toronto has educated three Governors General of Canada, four Prime Ministers of Canada, four foreign leaders, and fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court. As of 2018, 10 Nobel laureates, 3 Turing Award winners, 94 Rhodes Scholars and 1 Fields Medalist have been affiliated with the University.

Being a teaching and research university, it provides great opportunities for Tamil students, scholars and researchers.

Yes. There are more than 300,000 Tamils living in Canada and many of them have learnt Tamil in Tamil schools. The Tamil Studies Conference held in Canada attracted many students to participate with enthusiasm. This is a sign that students will make use of the facilities. About half a million Tamils live in North America and they too would benefit by a Tamil Chair in Toronto.

Once the Chair is endowed, Tamil will be taught there indefinitely.

The Tamil Chair Inc and Canadian Tamil Congress will spearhead the funding effort. Everyone is encouraged and invited to be part of establishing the Tamil Chair at the University of Toronto.

The total commitment to University of Toronto for setting up the Tamil Chair is three million Canadian dollars. Upon receipt of the amount, the University will begin the search for the most qualified Tamil scholar to assume the professorship. The University will choose a proven scholar who has taught, researched and published in academic journals.

Your direct donation to the University is eligible for tax-deduction in the US and in Canada. Encourage your friends and family to join us in setting up this chair. Some employers match employee contribution. Please check with your company and donate. By being part of this great effort, you will become a part of the Tamil history. You can send your contributions by one of the options in the ‘DONATE’ page.

The money goes direct into the account of University for Tamil Chair. It is a matter of preference and convenience to the donor. You can pay directly to University of Toronto as per details given in the DONATION page.

Yes. 100% of your donations will go to the University for the Tamil Chair.