Tamil is an ancient and dominant language of South East Asia belonging to the Primitive Dravidian family with rich culture , history and literature. The Government of India has officially recognized Tamil as a classical language. It is no wonder then, that since its inception in 1971, The Department of Tamil in Guru Nanak College has been attracting thousands of students who opt for Tamil as their First Language. The Department offers Part I Tamil as foundation Course for B.A., B.sc., & B.com classes. Since 2009, the Department also offers Basic tamil as a Non Major elective for Non-Tamil speaking students.

The Department has been functioning with the objective to inculcate the spirit of the language and appreciation of literature, to enrich creativity and to prepare the students to face examinations. As part of its co-curricular activities, the Department Association conducts competition , arranges lectures and cultural events to sensitize students in socio-cultural aspects of Tamil language.

Successive Heads of the departments

Prof. K. Govinda Samy 1971-1987
Prof. A. Ilamvazhuthi 1987-1994
Prof. T. V.Varadhan 1994-2007
Dr. K. Lakshminarayani 2007-2009
Prof. M. Siva Subramanian 2009-2010
Dr. M. Murthi 2010 to date

Teaching Staff

Dr. M. Murthi, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., Ph.D.- Head
Dr. K. Jayaseelan, M.A., Ph.D.
Ms. S. Gayathri, M.A., M.Phil.
Mr.M.Thiagaraj, M.A., M.Phil.
Dr. N. Praveen Kumar, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Dr. P.Vinayagam, M.A., M.Phil,Ph.D
Dr. J. Punithamalar, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Ms. S. Kokila, M.A., M.Phil.

All the Seven Staff are UGC-NET qualified


Visit our Department Web Blogs :

1. www. Kalloorithamizh.blogspot.com

2. www.thamizhthuthu.blogspot.com

3. www.gnctamilstudents.blogspot.in

The Department of Tamil Conducted a  Two Day Workshop on Modern Poetry on 7th& 8th   October 2016.Veteran Poet Kaviko Abdul Rahman,  Dr.Kalyanaraman, Kavinjar Pachiyapan, Kavinjar Manushyaputhiran, renowned critic Indiran, budding poet Dr.Muthukumarasamy, Poet Sugirtharani, Lyricist and film fame Snehan were the eminent poets and writers, who discussed on the Techniques of Modern Poetry.



The Workshop concluded with a ‚ÄėPagadaikoothu‚Äô cultural and traditional Tamil Play, an adaptation from Mahabharatha.. Padai parangam is an innovative forum for students to stage the creative works- Poetry, short Story, and articles where in Six students of our College have Published their Collection of Poems and are well known young writers in Tamil Literary world today. Nam Yedu ‚Äď Literary magazine by students is to be launched on the occasion of Chennai Book Fair to be held from January 6, 2017

A¬† Biographical film on¬† Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar ,the architect¬† of our Constitution was screened by the Tamil association on 23rd February 2017 .The film was directed by Jaffar Patel and funded by HRD ministry. Two Day¬† Inter Collegiate Competitions ‚Äú PAGRULI 2017‚ÄĚ was held on 6th and 7th March 2017.¬† Participants from over 20 Colleges participated .Valedictory function of the Association was held on 13th March 2017. Eminent Journalist Thiru. kumaresan, the Chief Guest gave a spell bound speech and¬† prizes were given to the winners of Inter Collegiate Competitions.



Padaiparangam‚ÄĚ a forum in which the students share¬† and discuss their writings and thoughts was held every¬† Friday. The Students have launched a Literary Magazine ‚ÄúNAM YEDU‚ÄĚ and have released two Volumes¬†¬† during this semester.


NSS Programme Officer.
Specialization in Grammar, Folklore, Linguistics
Articles Published-23 Associated With Media, Has worked as an ANNOUNCER in AIR. Motivate Students in Media Skills
Vice President of Tamil Association,
Member Of Editorial of College Magazine.
Specialization in Folklore, Journalism. Author of 2 Books & 5 articles. Motivates and Guides Students For Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Examinations
Specialization in Bhakthi lit., Feminism. Articles Published-12
Being a Radio Jockey She is anchoring Youth Programs in AIR.


NCC Officer (Army wing)

Specialization in Grammar,  Tamil- Mobile Computing, Tamil Blogs creator and researcher.Pursuing Ph.D

Author of 4 articles

Blog: egaivendan.blogspot.com

DR.N.Praveen Kumar
Specialization in Criticism and Modern Tamil Literature
Author of 2 Books & 20 articles
Editor of ‚ÄėPuranadai‚Äô, Panimulai- magazines.
News Reader in AIR
Specialization in Tamil Computation, Moral Lit.
Articles Published-15
News Reader in AIR

Specialization in Epic Literature , Grammar and sangam Literature Author of 1 Book & 10 articles. Literary Orator,  Directed and acted in Street Plays. Pursuing Ph.D


The following staff are guiding Ph.D Research(Partime) in the Department

Name of The Staff                     University
  1. University of Madras, Chennai.
  2. Periyar University, Salem
  1. University of Madras, Chennai
  2. Vel’sUniversity(Deemed),Chennai









DR.K. Jayaseelan is carrying out an UGC-sponsored Major Research Project, titled