Department of Lexicography


  • To impart Lexicographic knowledge and training among school, college and university teachers and research scholars in Indian Languages, especially in Tamil.
  • To inculcate lexicographic principles among students in order to promote their language skills.
  • To compile basic reference works that will be useful to Tamil language and literacy, research activities.
  • To establish an archive consisting of rare Nighantus and Tamil dictionaries.
  • To compile bilingual and multilingual dictionaries with Tamil as source language.
  • To promote interdisciplinary lexicographic activities by compiling Scientific and Technical dictionaries.
  • To propagate the use of ‘computers’ in dictionary making and to evolve principles for computerized Tamil Lexicography.
  • To prepare a complete ‘Database’ of Tamil classical vocabulary ranging from Sangam literature to Modern Tamil.
  • To publish different types of Tamil Encyclopedia and Indices.


  • The department has organized 6 seminars, 4 Refresher courses and 6 workshops.
  • The faculty members of the department have completed 25 research projects
  • The faculty members have published 18 books

Academic Programmes

  • M.A. 220 Awarded
  • M.Phil. 210 Awarded
  • Ph.D. 34 Awarded

Faculty Member


Dr. U. Balasubramaniyan
Professor and Head of the Department

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Dr. S.T. Jaquline

Associate Professor

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Dr. S. Veeramani
Associate Professor

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Dr. S. Shemasundari
Assistant Professor

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