New chair in Tamil Studies wants to make UTSC a global hub for Tamil scholarship
The newly appointed chair of Tamil Studies says he is looking forward to making U of T Scarborough a global hub for Tamil research and scholarship.
“I’m honoured to be appointed as the inaugural chair of Tamil Studies,” says Sidharthan Maunaguru, who will start the role in May 2024.
“Scholars at U of T have already set a solid foundation for Tamil studies. As chair I will be building on these foundations while looking forward to expanding scholarship and research by bringing an interdisciplinary approach.”
Landmark philanthropic effort
The chair was made possible through a landmark $3-million philanthropic effort that started in 2018 and was spearheaded by the Canadian Tamil Congress and Tamil Chair Inc.
“We are thrilled that Professor Maunaguru has been hired as the inaugural chair in Tamil Studies,” says Sivan Ilangko, who was committee chair for the chair in Tamil Studies and is an advisor to and former president of the Canadian Tamil Congress.
“When we envisioned having a chair who could lead Tamil Studies, we knew U of T Scarborough would be an ideal location because U of T is Canada’s most prestigious university and Scarborough is home to a large Tamil population. It is exciting to think about all of the world-class research and scholarship that will be created in the years to come.”