TamilStudiesUK is a fundraising campaign for a much needed Tamil department at SOAS, University of London for our young and aspiring Tamil learners to pursue Tamil at university level.
Tamil was taught at SOAS between 1916 – 2000, and has not continued since then because of government funding cuts. Reinstating Tamil at SOAS is vital for the Tamil diaspora and Tamil enthusiasts to pursue Tamil Studies in order to sustain the language and culture.
Moreover the department at SOAS would be instrumental in standardising the
syllabus for Tamil schools, make recommendations for UCAS points and conduct examinations in Tamil as well as monitor the quality of the programme.
A long term endowment of £10 million is required to reinstate the department and sustain it for the life time of the University. Out of this £10 million, £6 million will be used for the academic position and £4 million will be used for the scholarships.
The department will start functioning with a teaching faculty as soon as the £10 million endowment is secured.
Philanthropists (10,000 x £1000 Contributors Plan)
Though 10 million seems a large figure, our outreach to reachout 10,000 contributors who can donate £1000 to the campaign can complete our campaign.