Former Professor and Head

Department of Linguistics &

Chairperson

School of Tamil Studies

Madurai Kamaraj University

Madurai- 625021

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIODATA

 

 

  1. Name                                                 :           A. Athithan

                                                                          

 

  1. Designation                                     :           Former Professor and Head

Department of Linguistics &

Chairperson

School of Tamil Studies

Madurai Kamaraj University

  1. Madurai- 625021

 

  1. Contact Address :        Dr.A.Athithan

7/601, Rajaji Street,

N.G.O Colony,

Nagamalai Pudukkottai

Madurai- 625019

TamilNadu

Mobile: 948678372

Email ID : ling_mku@yahoo.com

 

 

  1. Religion & Community :         Hindu, Other Backward Community

 

  1. Date of Birth                            :     06-02-1952    
  2. Educational Qualifications
  3. M.A. Tamil                                                 First Class      65%
  4. M.A. Linguistics                                       First Class      70%
  5. M.A. English                                              First Class      61%
  6. Cert. in Linguistics                                    First Class      71%
  7. P.G. Dip. in Linguistics                             First Class      75%
  8. Cert. in Sanskirt First Class      70%
  9. Dip. in Sanskrit First Class      61%
  10.    B. A. S. M.                                              Second Class 57%

 

  1. Cert. in Computers in

Office Management                                   First Class     87%

 

  1. Ph.D.                                                            Commended 1979
  2.    D. Litt.                                                   January 2013

 

  1. Career Information
  2. Lecturer                                          :            Madurai Kamaraj University, 1982

b.   Senior Lecturer                              :             Madurai Kamaraj University, 1987

c.   Reader                                             :             Madurai Kamaraj University, 1991

         d.   Professor                                        :             Madurai Kamaraj University, 1999

         e.   Professor and Head                       :             Madurai Kamaraj University, 2005-2012

  1. Chairperson                                    :             School of Tamil Studies

Madurai Kamaraj University, 2009-11

 

  1. Teaching Experience

Total                                                      :           30 years

  1. M.A. Linguistics                           :           30 years
  2. M.Phil. Linguistics                        :           12 years
  3. M.A Tamil                                    :         5 years
  4. Certificate & Dip. in                     :           2 years

Linguistics

 

  1. Research Experience
                  Total                                             :           41 years and Seven Months

 

            i.    Doctoral Research                    :           3 years and 8 months
                                                                                    (October 1975 to May 1979)
 
            ii.   UGC Post-Doctoral Research
 
                  a.   Senior Fellow                        :           1 year and 6 months
                                                                                    (October 1975 to May 1979)
                  b.   Post-Doctoral Fellow           :           2 years

(June 1979 to November 1980)

iii. Post-Doctoral Research          :           34 years and Nine Months

Since 1982

  1. Ph.D. Research Topic :           The Grammar of  Tolkāppiyam and the                                                                                        Language of Patiṉeṇkīḻkkaṇakku  – A

Comparative Study.

 

  1. UGC Post-Doctoral : The   Treatment   of    Semantics   in

Research Topic                               Tolkāppiyam

 

  1. D.Litt. Research Topic : Language Description: Problems and

Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Research Guidance and Supervision
  2. Ph.D. : Eighteen (Awarded)

One (Submitted)

Vide : Appendix- I

  1. M.Phil. : Forty Three (Awarded)
  2. M.A. : Sixty One (Awarded)
  3. Publication Information
  4. Books Published : Five
  5. Ilakkaṇapputumai (Papers on Grammar and  Linguistics),  Sangumuthu Publications,  Madurai,

 

  1. Linguistic Structures  in  Tamil  – A  Historical  Study,  Publication  Division, Madurai  Kamaraj  University,  Madurai,

 

  1. Ilakkaṇakkoḷkai (Grammatical Theories), Sangumuthu Publications, Madurai, 1999.

 

  1. Veḷḷaikkāracāmi Varalāru (History of Vellaikarasamy), Sangumuthu Publications,  Madurai,

 

  1. Tamil Ilakkanaviyal (Tamil Grammatology), New Century Book House Private Linited, Chennai, 2013.

 

 

 

  1. Books Edited : Eight
  2. Ilakkaṇa āyvu  –  Tolkāppiyam  (Grammatical  Study   –  Tolkāppiyam),  Proceedings  of  Tamil  Grammar  –  Linguistics  Association’s, First  Conference,  Kanyakumari,

 

  1. Ilakkaṇa āyvu – Tolkāppiya Uraikaḷ (Grammatical Study – Tolkāppiyam Commentaries). Proceedings of Tamil Grammar – Linguistics Association’s, Second Conference,  Madurai,

 

  1. Ilakkaṇa āyvu – Naṉṉūl. (Grammatical  Study – Naṉṉūl),  Proceedings  of  Tamil  Grammar  –  Linguistics  Association’s, Third  Conference, Tuticorin,

 

  1. Ilakkaṇa āyvu – Naṉṉūl Uraikaḷ (Grammatical Study – Naṉṉūl Commentaries). Proceedings of Tamil Grammar – Linguistics Association’s Fourth Conference, Trivandrum, 2005.

 

  1. Moḻiyiyal āyvukaḷ, Proceedings of Silver Jubilee International Seminar, Department of Linguistics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 2007.

 

  1. Trends in  Linguistics,  Proceedings  of  Silver  Jubilee  International  Seminar,  Department  of  Linguistics,  Madurai  Kamaraj  University,  Madurai,

 

  1. Tamiḻp piṉṉaṅkaḷ (Fractions in Tamil), Sangumuthu Publications, Madurai, 2008.

 

  1. Ilakkaṇa Ayvu – ciṟṟilakkaṇaṅkaḷ (Grammatical Study – Minor Grammatical Works), Proceedings of the Tamil Grammar – Linguistics Association’s Fifth Conference, Pabanasam, 2008.

 

  1. Books in Print : Two
  2. Oliyaṉiyalum Urupaniyalum (Phonology and Morphology).
  3. Akarātiyiyal Cikkalkaḷ (A Few Lexicographical Problems).

 

  1. Research Papers Published : One Hundred and Seventy Eight

                                                                   Vide: Appendix- II

  1. Research Papers Presented : Two Hundred and Two

                                                                   Vide : Appendix- III

  1. Seminars Attended : Two Hundred and Twenty Four

                                                                    Vide : Appendix- IV

  1. Dissertations submitted          :           Four
  2. ‘Language of Iṉiyavai Nāṟpatu – A Transformational Approach’, Dissertation Submitted to Madurai Kamaraj University for the Certificate   Course in Linguistics, 1977.

 

  1. ‘Phonology of Yadhava Telugu’, Disseration Submitted to Madurai Kamaraj University for the Post-graduate Diploma Course in Linguistics,  1978.

 

  1. ‘The Grammar of Tolkāppiyam and the Language of Patiṉeṇkīḻkkaṇakku-A Comparative Study’, Ph.D. Dissertation submitted to Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 1979.
  2. “Language Description: Problems and  Solutions’, ,D.Litt. Dissertation submitted to Madurai Kamaraj  University, Madurai,2013.
  3. Citation Index
  4. Total Impact Factor: 15
  5. Total Number of Citations : 470

 

  1. 12. Languages Known
  2. Tamil                                               :           Speak and Write
  3. English                                            :           Speak and Write
  4. Sanskrit                                           :           Read and Write
  5. Hindi                                               :           Read and Write
  6. Malayalam                                     :           Speak
  7. Area of Specialization
  8. Grammatical Theories in Tamil
  9. Lexicography
  10. Book Review

            Reviewed Sixty Four Books.

  1. Special Lectures Delivered

Delivered Two Hundred and Forty One Special Lectures in a few Universities and Colleges.

 

 

 

16.Seminars, Workshops, Refresher courses, Institutes,

Orientation programmes, etc., organised                :   Thirty Five

 

  1. Seminars Organised               :                    Fifteen
    1. Organised a National Seminar on Lexicography, Madurai Kamaraj University, 30th November 1989.

 

  1. Organised a Three-days National Seminar on Lexicography, Madurai Kamaraj University, 31st March-2nd April 1990.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on the Treatment of Semantics in Tolkappiyam, Madurai Kamaraj University, 15th March 1993.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Technical Terms, Madurai Kamaraj University, 3rd September 2001.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on the Role of Linguistics in Language Teaching, Madurai Kamaraj University, 30th September 2005.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Technical Terminology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 31st January 2006.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on the Role of Linguistics in Grammar Teaching, Madurai Kamaraj University, 31st January 2007.

 

  1. Organised the Silver Jubilee International Seminar – Department Linguistics, Madurai Kamaraj University, 1st October 2007.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Translation Techniques, Madurai Kamaraj University, 20th February 2008.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Linguistics: The Need of the Hour, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 10th February 2009.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Language Education, Applied Linguistics Forum, Madurai, 19 October 2010.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Stylistics, Madurai Kamaraj Univeristy, Madurai, 27 October 2010.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on Recent Trends in Language Testing,  Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 29 & 30 August 2011.

 

  1. Organised  a National Seminar on Modernization of Tamil Studies, Madurai  Kamaraj University , Madurai 29& 30 August 2011.

 

  1. Organised a National Seminar on  the contribution of Prof  Shivathambi to Tamil Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 23rd September,   2011

 

  1. Workshops Organised                         :                     Four

1.      Organised a Training-cum-Workshop on Phonetics, Madurai Kamaraj University, 25-31 August, 1996.

 

  1. Organised a Workshop on Natural Language Processing, Madurai Kamaraj University, 3-7, January 2011.

 

  1. Organised a Workshop on Research Fields in Tolkappiyam, Madurai

Kamaraj University, 2-11February 2011.

 

  1. Organised a Workshop on Tolkappiyam and other Grammatical works, Madurai Kamaraj University, 10-19 February 2012.
  2. Symposium Organised :                     One
  1. Organised a Symposium on the Interpretation of Tamil Traditional Grammars in the Light of Comparative Dravidian, Madurai Kamaraj University, 6-11, March, 1990.

 

  1. Refresher Courses Organised :            Two
  2. Organised a Refresher Course For English Language Teachers, J.N.Hr. Sec. School, Madurai, 27-28 September 1998.
  3. Organised a Refresher Course For Tamil Language Teachers, J.N. Hr. Sec. School, Madurai, 24-25 September 1998.
  4. Institute Organised :                      One
    1. Organised a Short-term Institute on Lexicography, Madurai Kamaraj University, 3-23, November, 1986.

 

  1. Orientation programmes Organised :                    Twelve

 

  1. Organised the Orientation Programme for Higher Secondary School Tamil Language Teachers, Madurai Kamaraj University, 10-21 March 1986.
  2. Organised the Orientation Programme on Techniques of Teaching Pronunciation, Madurai Kamaraj University, 27-30 November 1995.
  3. Organised the Orientation Programme on Language and Education, Jeyaraj Annapackiam Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai, 3rd November 1995.
  4. Organised the Orientation Programme on Development of Literacy Skills, Madurai Kamaraj University, 21-23 July 1996.
  5. Organised the Orientation Programme on Techniques of Translation for Language Teachers, Madurai Kamaraj University, 28-30 July 1996.
  6. Organised the Orientation Programme on Language and Education, Jeyaraj Annapackiam Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai, 26th August 1997.
  7. Organised the Orientation Programme on Phonetics, Jeyaraj Annapackiam Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai, 14th November 1998.
  8. Organised the Orientation Programme on Error Analysis, Madurai Kamaraj University, 4-6 March 1998.
  9. Organised the Orientation Programme on Techniques of Teaching Tamil Grammar, Madurai Kamaraj University, 28th February-2nd March 2000.
  10. Organised the Orientation Programme on Communicative Skill in English. JAM Higher Secondary School, 3 & 4 April, 2008.
  11. Organised the Orientation Programme for Language Teachers, Jeyaraj Annapakiam Matriculation Higer Secondary School, Madurai, 3rd April, 2009.
  12. Organised the Orientation Programme for Tamil Language Teachers, JN Higher Secondadry School, 7th July, 2010.

 

  1. Research Projects Completed :          Nine

 

 

  1. The Treatment of Semantics in Tolkappiyam, UGC Post Doctoral Research Project Work, Jan.1982 – Dec. 1982.

 

  1. Glossary of Saurashtra Language, Financial Assistance from Sri Meenakshi Dye Tex, Madurai, Jan. 1983 – Dec.1985.

 

  1. Case System in Tamil and Saurashtra, Financial Assistance from Sri Meenakshi Dye Tex, Madurai, July 1986 – Dec.1987.

 

  1. Compilation of English Learner’s Dictionary for Tamil Speakers, Financial Assistance from Kernerman Publishing INC, Canada, Dec. 1988 – June 1990.

 

  1. A Tamil – English Bilingual Dictionary of Linguistics Terms, Madurai Kamaraj University Minor Project, 1997 – 1998.

 

  1. Compilation of a Student Tamil- English Bilingual Dictionary, UGC DRS-SAP Project, 2009-2010.

 

  1. Compilation of a Monolingual Dictionary on Tamil Literary Terms (Minor Works) UGC DRS-SAP Project, 2010-2011.

 

  1. Compilation of a Sourashtra – Tamil Bilingual Dictionary, 2009 – 2012.

 

  1. Compilation of a Bilingual Dictionary on Anthropological Terms, 2011-2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Membership in Academic Committees and Boards

 

  1. Full Member in European Association for Lexicography, England.
  2. Life Member in Lexicographical Society of India, Chennai.
  3. Life Member in Place Name Society, Trivandrum.
  4. Life Member in Tamil Linguistics Association, Annamalainagar.
  5. Life Member in Dravidian Linguistics Association, Trivandrum.
  6. Member in the Executive Committee, Lexicographical Society of
  7. President, Tolkappiyar Manram, Tuticorin.
  8. Member in the Executive Committee, International Society for Tamil Cultural Studies, Madurai.
  9. Secretary, Asian Association for Lexicography, Chennai.
  10. Awards
  11. S. Subramanian Award (1974) for securing First Mark in the Post-Graduate course, South Travancore Hindu College.
  12. Shri Sasthankutti Pillai Award (1975) for securing First Mark in the Post-Graduate course.
  13. University Second Rank (1975) Post-Graduate Course in Tamil, Madurai Kamaraj University.
  14. University First Rank (1982) Post-Graduate Course in Linguistics, Madurai Kamaraj University.
  15. University First Rank (1978) Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Linguistics, Madurai Kamaraj University.
  16. University Second Rank (1977) Certificate Course in Linguistics, Madurai Kamaraj University.
  17. Junior Research Fellow Award (1977) UGC- Open Competition.
  18. Post Doctoral Award (1980) UGC- Open Competition.
  19. Honours
  20. Man of the Year Award (2003) American Biographical Institute Board of International Research, USA.
  21. Vijay Shree Award (2005) India International Friendship Society, India.
  22. Best Citizen of India Award (2006) International Publishing House, India.
  23. Shiksha Rattan Puraskar Award (2007) India International Friendship Society, India.
  24. Gold Medal for India (2009) The World Forum, Washington.
  25. Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2009) India International Friendship Society, India.
  26. Man of the Year Award (2009) American Biographical Institute Board of International Research, USA.
  27. The World Medal of Freedom (2009) American Biographical Institute Board of International Research, USA.
  28. Best Citizens of India Award (2010) Best Citizen Publishing House, India.
  29. Bharat Jyoti Award (2011) India International Friendship Society, India.
  30. Bharat Excellence Award (2011) India International Friendship Society, India.
  31. Administrative Positions
  32. Member, Senate, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (2006-2012).
  33. Member, Academic Council, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (2006-2012).
  34. Member, Selection Committee for the appointment of professors, Associate professors, Assistant professors in Madurai  Kamaraj University, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Aligar University and a few Universities and Colleges.
  35. Head, Department of Linguistics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (2005-2012).
  36. Chairperson, School of Tamil, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (2009-2012).
  37. University Representative on the Managing Committee, Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Vidhayalaya, Madurai (2007-2009).
  38. University Representative on the Managing Committee, Sourastra College, Madurai (2009-2011).
  39. University Representative on the Managing Committee, Annai Fatima College, Madurai (2011-2013).
  40. Member, Awards Committee, Yadava College, Madurai (2006-2008).
  41. University Representative , Academic Council, SVN College, Madurai (2007-2009)
  42. Management Member, Academic Council, SVN College, Madurai since 2013.

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