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    The granary of South India, Thanjavur adds more pride to its name, as Karanthai is a part on the Northern part of Thanjavur. Karanthai Tamil Sangam is located on the North bank of river Vadavar, a tributary of Cauvery. Karanthai Tamil Sangam has a glorious past and rich tradition. Karanthai Tamil Sangam was inaugurated for the welfare and growth of Tamil language and Tamilians. Karanthai Tamil Sangam was founded by Thiru. T.V. Radhakrishna Pillai B.A., in the year 1911. Thiru. T.V.Radhakrishna Pillai, with his friends, requested his brother Thiru. T.V.Umamaheswaranar B.A.,B.L., to be the president of Karanthai Tamil Sangam, and to which the later agreed. Thereafter, Umamaheswaranar added fame and glory to the presidentship of Sangam. Umamaheswaranar dedicated his spirit and soul to the development of Karanthai Tamil Sangam for a period of thirty years from its inception in 1911 to 1941. As a mark of respect for all the selfless services and total dedication towards Tamil, Umamaheswaranar Pillai was honoured with a title Tamilavel, Chieftain of Tamil, in 1936.

    On the North Bank of Vadavar is located Karanthai Tamil Sangam’s Office and its Educational Institutions – Radhakrishna Primary School, Umamaheswara Higher Secondary School, Tamilavel Umamaheswaranar Karanthai Arts College, and on the south bank of Vadavar, T.S.Palanisami Pillai Industrial Training Institute, Umamaheswaranar Teacher Training and Umamaheswaranar College of Education.

    At first, Karanthai Pulavar Kalloori (College) was started by the grace of God and tremendous effort put forth by Tamilavel Umamaheswaranar in the year 1938. On the eve of Silver Jubilee Celebration of Karanthai Tamil Sangam it was declared open by the renowned Tamil Scholar Thiruppathirippulliur Gnaniyar Swamigal. It was affiliated to the University of Madras in the year 1941 by the Himalayan efforts of Tamilavel Umamaheswaranar.

    Karanthai Pulavar Kalloori (College) offered only Pulavar Pattam (Tamil) course in its initial stage. Pulavar Pattam was not recognized by the public and so the candidates who have obtained it were not able to seek adequate employment opportunities, which paved the way for starting B.Lit., course, which was valued on par with other degree courses. B.Lit., degree course was started in the year 1975-76. There was a great demand for this course among the students. Year after year the strength increased and there was a need for Post Graduate Course (i.e.) M.A., (Tamil).

    Meanwhile, Bharathidasan University was started in the year 1982 in Tiruchirappalli. Some of the colleges which were affiliated to Madras University came under Bharathidasan University. Thereafter the college started several self-financing courses as the Government did not approve grant in aid courses under Bharathidasan University. The colleges in Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Karur, Perambalur, Nagai and Thiruvarur Districts were affiliated to Bharathidasan University. One such college was Tamilavel Umamaheswaranar Karanthai Arts College, Thanjavur shortly known as T.U.K. Arts College.

    In T.U.K. Arts college, M.A., course was started in the academic year 1982-83, Eventually, M.Phil., (Tamil) full time course was started in the year 1985-86. Moreover, this college had received affiliation from Bharathidasan University for M.Phil., (Tamil) part time and Ph.D., (Tamil) research programme in 1986-87.

    B.Sc., (Chemistry) course was started in 1987-88 with well equipped chemistry laboratory for the main subject and two separate laboratories for allied subjects namely Physics and Zoology. Starting of B.Sc., Chemistry course paved the way for the change of the name of the college from “Karanthai Pulavar Kalloori” to “Tamilavel Umamaheswaranar Karanthai Arts College”.

    Therefore, Karanthai Tamil Sangam took much interest in educating people in varied faculties and started other courses which were both rare and essential catering to the present day needs. All the above courses are in grant-in aid of the Government of Tamilnadu.

    B.Com., course was started in the academic year 1990-91 to fulfill the aspiration of many students. B.Sc., (Computer Science) course was also incepted successively in the year 1991-92, with full-fledged computer laboratory and also an Electronic Laboratory. In 1992-93 P.G.D.C.A., (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application) was installed. The Management of T.U.K. Arts College made a tremendous effort to introduce job-oriented courses in the field of Computer Science. Eventually in the academic year 1995-96, a post graduate course in Computer Science, M.C.A., was commenced. In addition to M.C.A., course, a Post Graduate course M.Sc., (Chemistry) was also started in the academic year 1995-96. M.Phil., (Chemistry) was started in the year 2008-09.

The following courses were started in the successive years
2.M.A., (Tamil)1982-1983
3.M.Phil., (Tamil)1985-1986
4.Ph.D., (Tamil)1985-1986
5.B.Sc., Chemistry1986-1987
7.B.Sc., Computer Science1991-1992
9.M.Sc., Chemistry1995-1996
10.M.C.A., 1995-1996
11.B.Sc., Physics1999-2000
13.B.Sc., (I.T)2001-2002
14.M.Sc., (I.T)2001-2002
15.M.Sc., (C.S)2002-2003
17.B.Sc., (Mathematics)2002-2003
18.B.A., (English) 2004-2005
20.B.Sc., (Bio-Tech)2004-2005
21.M.Sc., (Physics)2004-2005
22.TPT Course2006-2007
23.M.Phil., (Chemistry)2008-2009
24.M.A., (English)2009-2010

    Under the able headship of the President, Thiru. N.Kaliyamoorthi and the dedicated and dynamic Secretary Thiru.S.Ramanathan, the institution has undergone a seachange with novel and innovative courses were added every year. Catering to the needs of Tamils and Tamilians, many such innovations are to be made to make the founder’s dream to come true.

    Our reputed Institution, Tamilavel Umamaheswaranar Karanthai Arts College is being governed by the management of Karanthai Tamil Sangam. All the courses offered in the college are affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli. The college educates both male and female (Co-Education) students.



To make this Tamil Sangam as a centre and a seed of knowledge for education, research and application of knowledge so that the students of the surrounding backward villages to get their degrees and get well placed in the society.

  • To help rural students who have not succeeded in traditional higher education.
  • To ensure all the students enter the society with high moral values.
  • To develop a humanitarian approach in everyday life.
  • To promote rural student’s knowledge and skill to make them highly employable.
  • To develop youngsters with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs.
  • To produce degree holders with a sense of commitment and ethical values.
  • To produce student’s with a complete and all around development to boldly face the realities in life.


  • Highly qualified & experienced faculty.
  • Well equipped and modern laboratory facilities for all departments.
  • Excellent and well stocked library.
  • Dynamic training and placement cell.
  • AC computer labs with 120 branded LCD computers.
  • Regular programmes for Personality Development, English Speaking, Yoga, Sports & Cultural activities, Remedial Class.
  • Regular classes for all competitive examinations like TNPSC, UPSC, SLET/NET coaching.
  • Individual attention to each student.
  • Highly disciplined and job oriented value based education.
  • Govt. scholarship facilities for BC/MBC/SC/ST students.
  • Assistance for bank loan facility.
  • High order motivation to students in all walks of life through NSS, YRC.
  • Separate Hostel facility for Girls.
  • R.O. water supply.
  • A student friendly campus with absolute discipline and safety.
  • Glittering Results in University Examinations.
  • Ragging is strictly prohibited in our institutions.
  • Created Tobacco Free zone in and around of our campus.