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).
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.
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.
PILC has the following departments which involve in various research and academic activities.1. Linguistics
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.
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.
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 of six months’ duration is offered in the following subjects:1. Linguistics
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.
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
|*2||Tamil Syntax: New Perspectives
|3||Dravidian Linguistics: An Introduction
Kamil V. Zvelebil
|4||Roots of Tamil Religious Thought
Intonation Patterns in Tamil
|6||Bharathidasan: Selected Poems
(Translation in English)
|7||Tamil as Administrative Language
(in Tamil) Eds. L. Ramamoorthy,
M.Soudarssane, T. Parasuraman.
|8||Literary Theories in Tamil
|9||Prosody in Twentieth Century
Conventional Tamil Poetry
(in Tamil) / R. Sampath
|10||The Private Diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai
(in Tamil Vol.1-8 (Vol.8: 1,2), 12 Vols.)
S. Bhakthavatsala Bharathi
|12||Studies in Feminism ( in Tamil)
Eds. S.B. Bharathi, R. Sampath
|13||Language Loyalty and Displacement:
Among Telugu Minorities in Pondicherry
|14||Modernization in Tamil
|15||The Diary of Thiruvenkadam Pillai
(in Tamil, 2 vols.) Ed.S.Jayaseela Stephen
|16||Vanidasan: Selected Poems
(Translation in English)
|17||Puduvai Sivam: Selected Poems
(Translation in English)
|18||The Diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai
(in Tamil, Vols.9 to 12)
Religion of the Ancient Tamils
Eds. S. Bhakthavatsala Bharath,
|20||Yaanar(PILC working papers)||100||15|
Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture
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