Puducherry Institute Of Linguistics And Culture

A Profile

Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture (PILC) is an autonomous research centre established with a view to promote advanced research in the fields of Linguistics and Culture in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
This institute was originally started in Puducherry in 1981 as a regional centre of the International School of Dravidian Linguistics (ISDL) with the grant-in-aid of the Government of Puducherry. Later, in 1986, the Government of Pondicherry took over the regional centre under its direct fold and registered with a new name, i.e. Pondicherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Later in 2008 it was rechristened as Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture (PILC).

Governing Body

The Governing Body is the supreme body which meet once in every six months to execute academic and administrative decisions, formulate policies, review the programmes of the Institute and suggest measures for further development.

The Governing Body is constituted with Hon'ble Minister for Art & Culture as Chairman and the Secretary to Government(Art & Culture) as Vice Chairman. The other members are the Secretary to Government (Finance), Secretary to Government (Law), Director of School Education, Director of Art and Culture, three eminent academicians and the Director, PILC as Member Secretary.

Research-cum-Academic Council

The Research-cum-Academic council shall be the principal academic body which helps to formulate the academic policies of the Institute, exercise general evaluation of the research programmes and suggest measures for improvement. This Body consists of eminent professors, scholars and experts of high reputation in their respective fields.

Research Departments

PILC has the following departments which involve in various research and academic activities.

1. Linguistics
2. Anthropology
3. Folklore
4. Tamil Literature

PILC Library

In order to promote and facilitate research, PILC has been steadily building up a library of standard research works. Within a short period of time, it has collected more than 35,000 books in English and Indian languages. It also subscribes to several international and national journals in English and Tamil.

Journal in Tamil

The research findings of the faculty members are published in the form of working papers in Tamil under the title Ya:nar. One of the special issues focussed on multidisciplinary approaches to feminist issues.

Journal in English

PILC has been bringing out an internationally known research journal entitled PILC Journal of Dravidic Studies. It is a biannual in English carrying original research findings, both theoretical and empirical, on themes and problems which are of interest to professional scholars in linguistics and culture. Academics of international repute have been regularly sending their research findings to the Journal in the form of articles.

Certificate Course

Certificate course of six months’ duration is offered in the following subjects:

1. Linguistics
2. Anthropology
3. Folklore
4. Tamil Literature

Diploma Course

Diploma course of six months’ duration is offered in the following subjects: 1. Linguistics
2. Anthropology
3. Folklore
4. Tamil Literature

Tamil Course

The institute offers diverse Tamil courses to those interested in learning Tamil. Non-Tamil Govt. officials, linguistic minorities, researchers, students and others interested persons are benefited from this course. PILC offers “Tamil Summer School” for foreign students/scholars every year during summer vacation. Besides these the Govt. of India (ICCR) is also sending foreign students to PILC regularly. Staff from China Radio International are coming to PILC for learning Tamil.

M.Phil./Ph.D, programmes

PILC has been affiliated to the Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, for the M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes in Tamil Literature, Linguistics, Anthropology and Folklore from the year 1998 onwards.

Sl.No. Name of the publication Price Rs. US $
*1 A Grammar of Modern Tamil
Thomas Lehmann
300 40
*2 Tamil Syntax: New Perspectives
R. Kothandaraman
250 35
3 Dravidian Linguistics: An Introduction
Kamil V. Zvelebil
190 28
4 Roots of Tamil Religious Thought
Ganapathy Subbiah
200 30
5

Intonation Patterns in Tamil 
G. Ravisankar

 

500 70
6 Bharathidasan: Selected Poems
(Translation in English)
300 40
7 Tamil as Administrative Language
(in Tamil) Eds. L. Ramamoorthy,
M.Soudarssane, T. Parasuraman.
170 28
8 Literary Theories in Tamil
Indra Manuel
540 71
9 Prosody in Twentieth Century
Conventional Tamil Poetry
(in Tamil)   / R. Sampath
250 35
10 The Private Diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai
(in Tamil Vol.1-8 (Vol.8: 1,2), 12 Vols.)
1000 140
11 Coromandel Fishermen
S. Bhakthavatsala Bharathi
330 41
12 Studies in Feminism ( in Tamil)
Eds. S.B. Bharathi, R. Sampath
75 7
13 Language Loyalty and Displacement:
Among Telugu Minorities in Pondicherry
L. Ramamoorthy
250 35
14 Modernization in Tamil
L. Ramamoorthy
225 32
15 The Diary of Thiruvenkadam Pillai
(in Tamil, 2 vols.) Ed.S.Jayaseela Stephen
510 70
16 Vanidasan: Selected Poems                              
(Translation in English)
225 32
17 Puduvai Sivam: Selected Poems
(Translation in English)
100 13
18 The Diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai
(in Tamil, Vols.9 to 12)
900 100
19

Religion of the Ancient Tamils

Eds. S. Bhakthavatsala Bharath,
Silambu N. Selvaraj,    R. Sampath

350 42
20 Yaanar(PILC working papers) 100 15

Address for communication:

The Director
Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture
Lawspet
Puducherry 605 008, India. Tel: 0413-2255817, 0413-2255827
e.mail: pilc(at)vsnl(dot)com , pilc(at)md3(dot)vsnl(dot)net(dot)in