In 2014 the Cologne University decided to dissolve the department of Indology and Tamil Studies with the retirement of the current head of the department Prof. Ulrike Niklas in 2022.
Following the financial crisis in 2018, the decision to dissolve was finalised. Therefore, one of the largest Tamil Library (~40000+ books) in the western world will go out of maintenance.
The collected funds will be utilized for
- Establishing modern teaching methods for Tamil teaching (according to CEFRL)
- Maintenance of one of the largest Tamil Library
- Field Research & Summer Schools in Puducherry
- Teaching of Tamil at Cologne University