Dravidian University, Kuppam

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Department of Folklore and Tribal Studies


The study of Dravidian Culture, which includes all aspects of life and History is the prime objective of the Dravidian University. The study of culture of a society cannot be completed without the study of folklore, because, folklore touches all aspects of the life of a given society. Hence the Department of Folklore and Tribal Studies is the prime limb of the Dravidian University which serves for the main purpose of the Dravidian University.

The Structure of the Department :

The Department of Folklore and Tribal Studies was established in September 2003 and became fully functional from the academic year 2004-05. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has sanctioned the posts of 1 Professor 2 Associate Professors 4 Assistant Professors for the Department. Presently 1 Professor, 3 Assistant Professors are working and 2 Associate Professors and 1 Assistant professors posts fell vacant, as some of the recruited persons left the Department and they are to be filled. The Department of Folklore and Tribal Studies in Dravidian University has been established with the chief objective of conducting an advanced level research in Folklore and Tribal Studies with a comparative approach on folklore of various social groups in the area of Dravidian languages, spreading across South India and also to make a comprehensive study of folklore and folk life, social system of Tribes in the geographical area of Dravidian languages. The Department has been making sincere efforts towards these objectives; conducting the research on folklore of Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam. The structure of the faculty of the Department was designed as a multidisciplinary one and faculty are chosen from multilingual backgrounds to enable the Department to do research of the folklore in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. The Faculty members came from Literature, History, Anthropology and Sociology back grounds. A Folklore Department should be mentioned as a Special Department. Because there are only 10 Folklore Departments across India among 500 Universities.


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