Tamil University, Thanjavur

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Department of Ancient Science


Department of Ancient Science

Eliciting the matters of scientific importance embedded in ancient Tamil literature is the main objective of this Department. It is only in modern days, science literature, as a genre has become a well-developed subject. It does not mean that the ancients were devoid of any knowledge of Science and technology. In some form or other, their awareness is found scattered in poems, classical stories and even in epics.

Courses offered

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


=> To collect, identify and document the esoteric ancient systems, scientific tradition, skills and technology of Tamils from different branches of Science, such as Agriculture, Astronomy, Mathematics, Animal Science, Plant Science, Marine Science, Physical Science and validating this knowledge in the context of the modern scientific knowledge.
=> To conduct research to bring those facts and figures to local community, scientific community and global information community.
=> To encourage research on indigenous culture and cultural properties and facilitate the documentation, storage retrieve and use of indigenous knowledge which are eco-friendly and applicable to the modern society.


=> The department has organized 12 seminars and 2 workshops and refresher courses
=> The faculty members of the department have completed 6 research projects
=> The faculty members have published 9 books and 3 books got best book award from Tamil Nadu State Government
=> This Department has produced 23 Ph.D and 42. M.Phil Theses


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