Avvai Natarajan
Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationScholar, educationist
AwardsPadma Shri
WebsiteOfficial web site

Avvai Natarajan is an Indian scholar, educationist and the former Vice-Chancellor of Thanjavur Tamil University. The Government of India honored Natarajan in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.[1]


Avvai Natarajan, hailing from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a former secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Department of Tamil Language Development and Culture.[2] Holder of an MLitt and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Tamil literature,[3] Natarajan has also worked as the Vice Chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur.[2][4] He is a member of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, an institute established by the Government of India for propagation of classical Tamil language and culture.[5] He also sits in the advisory councils of Sattakadir[6] and the Madras Development Society.[7] He has delivered keynote addresses in many seminars[8] and holds the chair of the selection committee of the Aram Award.[9] In 2011, the Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri, honoring his contributions towards Tamil language and culture.[1]


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  2. ^ a b "ISRC". ISRC. 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Milestone - Avvai Natarajan 1". Video. YouTube. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. ^ "The Hindu". The Hindu. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. ^ "CICT". CICT. 2014. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Sattakadir". Sattakadir. 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "MDS". MDS. 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Speech". Sai Ram Engineering College. 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Business Wire". Business Wire. 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.