Anthologising Encyclopaedias, Indices, concordances, besides compiling mono-lingual and Bi-lingual dictionaries apart from collecting all the available dictionaries and thesaurus to the archival unit of the Department, are a few of the aims and objectives of this Department.With financial support from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, four - volumes of monolingual Tamil dictionary have been brought out. Compilation of the Scientific Tamil dictionary is given a thrust fulfilling the long-felt need for a Dictionary of Scientific Tamil words. Preparing a complete DataBase of Tamil classical vocabulary ranging from Sangam Literature to Modern Tamil is also on the anvil.
=> 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
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