University of Toronto Chair in Tamil Studies

Distinguished guests stand on stage as part of Tamil Heritage Month

June 25, 2020

Statement:  University of Toronto Scarborough, Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress announce $1.36 M raised on 2nd Anniversary of the Tamil Chair Launch.

In June 2018, the University of Toronto, Tamil Chair Inc., and the Canadian Tamil Congress came together to launch an initiative that would formalize the study of Tamil, one of the world’s major languages, and create a Chair in Tamil studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Since then, the partnership has raised an impressive $1.36 million towards the $3 million endowment goal.

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the launch of this initiative, we recognize the incredible efforts of members of the Tamil community in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Europe, India and Sri Lanka which have resulted in over 1,200 donations. These donations are a testament to the collective commitment of the diaspora to honour Tamil language, culture and history while strengthening scholarship and teaching in the field of Tamil Studies.

As a major academic centre representing many different cultures and regions, and their corresponding research interests, U of T Scarborough promotes inclusive excellence, diversity and intellectual vitality.  The university’s commitment to supporting one of the world’s seven classical languages through this partnership is a reflection of this mission.

As we look to the future, we will continue to work towards the goal of realizing a full-time Chair. The dedication thus far, is a result of efforts that are a testament to the importance of language preservation and the literary tradition of the Tamil language, as well as the merits of the scholarly depth that U of T can provide.

We are honoured and inspired by the passion and dedication shown by our supporters so far, and we are confident that we can continue to count on them as we welcome new champions to the cause. We know that together, we will achieve the goal we set for ourselves a couple of years ago, which is to have an endowed Chair. Getting to this outcome as soon as possible will expedite our efforts to preserve Tamil language, culture and literary traditions, and to enrich our knowledge of them, through scholarship, teaching, and community engagement.

Learn more and donate towards the Tamil Chair initiative and read about the leaders at the forefront of it.



Wisdom J. Tettey, PhD, FGA
Vice-President, University of Toronto
Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough
Sivan IIangko
President, Canadian Tamil Congress
& Chair, Toronto Tamil Chair Committee
Dr. Vijay Janakiraman
President, Tamil Chair Inc.