The governing council of the University of Toronto and Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress affirm their mutual commitment to the creation of a Chair in Tamil Studies at the University of Toronto. The endowment of $3,000,000 will be satisfied over a period of two years. Both Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress pledge to raise the necessary funds from the Tamil community on a global basis to support this noble cause.

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Group pledges $3-million to U of T for chair in Tamil studies

A group from the Tamil community in Canada and the United States is teaming up to pledge $3-million to create a chair in Tamil studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

The pledge, made by Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress, includes raising funds to support an endowment for a full-time chair position that will explore aspects of Tamil language, history and culture through research and scholarship.

The Need for a Tamil Chair

Tamil language has one of the oldest written traditions in all of Asia and boasts a rich body of literary work dating back 2,500 years.

Currently, Tamil is the 20th most commonly-spoken language (by 80 million people) in the world, with vibrant literatures for over 2 thousand years.