Tamil Studies in Germany
Proposed Closure –
An entire discipline to be abolished in Germany
Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies University of Cologne Germany
Press Release, Cologne, 17 November 2004
Please assist us in the cause of Tamil and express your solidarity and concern. Letters of protest should be sent directly to the Vice- Chancellor (Rector) of the University of Cologne at the address given below. The Rector, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz , D-50923 Cologne, Germany – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 0049-221-470-4893. Please also send a copy of your letter(s) to our institute. Please forward this email to everyone interested in the future of Tamil.
The current situation
On Wednesday, 10 November 2004, the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cologne decided that the Cologne Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies will be closed down when the current director, Prof.Dr. D.B. Kapp, retires in February 2006. The director was informed not earlier than the night before by the dean and vice- dean about the imminent closure. Neither members of the institute nor students had been given the opportunity to present their position prior to the decision. In other words, all people concerned have been totally overrun.
The decision was reached against the background of cuts announced by the Ministry of Science and Research of North Rhine Westphalia, according to which the University of Cologne will have to reduce its number of faculty by 24 until the year 2008. 6 of these positions will have to be taken from the Faculty of Philosophy. By closing down the chair of Indology and Tamil Studies in Cologne one single position would be reduced. The consequences, however, would be the closure of an entire institution and the demise of the discipline `Tamil Studies’ in Germany. If only from an economic point of view, it seems entirely unjustified to close down a public institution which functions with a minimum of costs, but which has a major impact on contemporary German society:
Why NOT to close down the Cologne Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies (IITS)
– IITS Cologne offers unique opportunities for academic studies in Germany: With its clear focus on South India in both teaching and research, the IITS in Cologne occupies a unique position among the centres of South Asian Studies in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »