The Department of Tamil was started in 2003 to offer General Tamil as an optional language to 60 students of B.Sc Biotechnology.
In the period of nine years it has grown to offer General Tamil course to all the First Year under-graduate students of the Faculty of Science and Humanities.
Currently it offers the optional language course to ten departments namely, B.Com, B.B.A, B.Sc Visual Communication, B.Sc Computer Sciences, B.Sc Bio-technology, B.sc Information Technology, Bachelors of Integrated Science and Management, B.A Journalism and Mass Communication, B.Sc Computer Science and Technology, Bachelors's in Computer Application, and B.Sc Bio-technology and Bio-informatics.
The faculty members update their knowledge by pursuing higher studies, presenting papers in conferences, publishing articles in Journals and authoring books. Along with academic teaching, steps are taken to tap the talent of students--elocution, poem writing, essay writing and other literary competitions are conducted every year. Students are motivated to participate in Tamil related programmes in the mass media.
With a view to keeping the students updated with developments in the field, every three years the department invites highly qualified and experienced academicians to revise the syllabus.
Presently faculty members are guiding 13 Ph.D scholars. Their research field covers Sanga literature, Modern Literature, Christian literature, Dalit literature, Tamil grammar, Linguistics and Computational linguistics, to mention a few.
Besides focusing on curriculum and research the department actively involves in other co-curricular and extra-curricular activities through its Tamil Literary Club called "Tamil Mandram". The department continuously conducts seminars, workshops and conferences to enrich the student's knowledge in Tamil literature. Inter-department, intra-department and inter-collegiate competitions are conducted to enhance the various skills of the students. "Saaram" a weekly Tamil literary review club has been formed by the Tamil department, to review newly published Tamil books.
In 2005 the department Organized a National Level Seminar on Tamizh Kavithai; in 2006 "Kadambam" an art - literary programme; in 2009 "Sangamam"; and a National Level Seminar on "Sanga illakkiyam - panmuga paarvai" in the year 2010.