The Department was
first established at Nizam College (then affiliated to University of
Madras) and was transferred to Arts. College in 1947. M.A. in Tamil
was started in 1958-59 and Ph.D. in 1966. The Government of Madras
created a Chair in Tamil. Dr.C. IIakkuvanar, Prof. A.M.
Paramasivanandam and Prof. D. Singaravelu occupied this Chair. Prof.
D. Singaravelu also served as the Dean, Faculty of Arts.Tamil is
taught as a second language at the undergraduate level at the
University College for Women, Koti, Nizam College and Postgraduate
College, Secunderabad in addition to the M.A. course. Two gold
medals have been instituted for the best undergraduate and
postgraduate students. In 2004 Central Govt. of India announced
Tamil as Classical Language.