About Us

TamilStudiesUK is a learned society established in the UK with the vision to reinstate the century old Tamil Department at SOAS, University of London.

In 2017, SOAS Deputy Director Dr. Navtej Purewal requested the support of High Commission of India, London for the wider campaign to reinstate the Tamil Department at SOAS in order to address the growing demand for Tamil Studies at SOAS.

A founding member committee was formed towards the end of 2017 with the intention to identify an UK University (among Oxford, Cambridge and University of London) where the campaign for Tamil Studies could be launched. A full-fledged Tamil Department instead of a Tamil Chair, a Tamil examination board that standardises the Tamil Examinations across the UK, and offer a way to obtain UCAS points were those underlying points considered in the selection process.

After two months of studies and consultation with the experts, the committee decided to reinstate the 100 years old Tamil Department at SOAS by considering its heritage, its vast Tamil manuscripts and rare books collection, its location being in Central London which is easily accessible to the 200,000 Tamil people living in and around London, proximity to British Library, and most importantly it fulfils all the criteria established in the selection process.

Our Patrons


Armoogum Parsuramen, Mauritius

Executive Committee


Selin George (President)


A.K.Rajeshkumar (Vice President)


Suntharam Sri (Public Relations)


Siva Pillai (Examination Board)

Shivaleelan Sivanesan
Shivaleelan S. (Secretary)

Amirthalingam Wimalathasan
Wimalathasan A. (Vice Secretary)


Waran Kangeyan (Students Council)


Raja Poopathi (Arts)


Tharmendiran (Treasurer)


Ponnammal F.J. (Joint Treasurer)

Mani Babu
Mani Babu (Outreach)

Campaign Committee


Bala Chandramohan


M.T. Selvarajah


Nila


Sachithananthan Senthilvel


Sivanesan


Vijay Surya


Umadevi Sathiyarajan


S Sathyamoorthy

Suresh Kumar Renganathan
Suresh Kumar Renganathan

Mathavy Shivaleelan
Mathavy Shivaleelan


Palanivel


Senthilkumar Nagalingam


Srikanthan


Jayabalan


Kalai Ruban


Thanikasalam Thayaparan


Kandasamy Selvan


Meenatchi Gopal


Ranjana Satha


Sivananthy Ganesarayan


Vidya Nandakumar

Muralee
Muralee

Murugesan
Murugesan

Global Campaigners

Malaysia


Suba Nargunan


Palany Suppiah

Middle East


Poet Vidhyasagar

Japan


S. Sathishkumar

Schools Coordination Group


M.T. Selvarajah


Siva Pillai

Muralee
Muralee

Amirthalingam Wimalathasan
Wimalathasan A.


Ranjana Satha


Sachithananthan Senthilvel

Policy Group


Ponnammal F.J. (Chair Person)


Shivaleelan S.


Selin George


Kandasamy Selvan


Tharmendiran


Suresh Kumar Renganathan


Sivanesan


A.K.Rajeshkumar

Founding Group


Selin George (President)


Sivanesan


Bala Chandramohan


Palanivel


Ponnammal F.J.


Senthilkumar Nagalingam


Kandasamy Selvan
(Founding Treasurer)


Siva Pillai


Umadevi Sathyarajan

Our Constitution

Our latest constitution can be downloaded from the following link: