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The IAS saw its modest beginning in 1982 at Tiruvanmiyur, a spiritual centre hallowed in the ancient literary and cultural traditions of Asia. Since then it has grown to become one of India's premier indological research and publication institutes.

The Cankam poems glorifying heroic deeds had a counterpart in the Kojiki anthology of Japan. The manyosu of that country echoed sentiments found in the love verses of the Cankam period. Institute of Asian Studies and include in its programme of work a comparative study of literature in addition to purely literary studies. It was evident to them that the interaction between the culture of South India and that of East Asian nations had contributed a great deal to the cohesion that characterizes the Asian ethos. The Institute of Asian Studies was conceived with the objective of strengthening the cultural ties between India and other nations of Asian.

The IAS logo symbolically representing the synthesis of two distinct cultures, the Indian and the Japanese is depicted by a traditional South Indian lamp along with of Japanese percussion instrument very similar to the Indian uTukkai drum (a small drum tapering in the middle). The sailing ship at centre represents the free exchange of ideas between geographically distinct cultures of Asia.

International Conference on Thirukkural, 17th to 19th May 2017
Thirukural National Conferrence in Mauritius Held on - 06-08-2016
National Seminar on Folk Ballads in Indian Languages - Available in Palm- leaf and other Manuscripts. (19-03-2016 to 21-03-2016) A Short Report
The Second International Conference on Tamil Diaspora proposed in Durban in July 2016 has been changed to Reunion on 3rd, 4th and 5th of November 2017. The theme of the Conference shall be Development of Tamil Language and Culture in the Diaspora Countries. This general topic includes the teaching of Tamil language, dissemination of the ideals of Thirukkural and the other literary works of Tamil language, preservation and spreading of Tamil Culture along with many other related areas of Tamilology.

Bodhi Dharma Center for Indian Philosophy
Bodhi Dharma and Zen Buddhism
Bodhi-Dharma was an Indian Buddhist monk who came to China (East land) from India (West land) in the first quarter of the sixth century. He brought Mahayana Buddhism to China. It is said that he was born as the third prince of a kingdom of south India. Coming to located east of Luo-yang of He-nan Province.


Library Services
The Library of the Institute of Asian Studies is the nucleus of thefourteen year old organisation. It is a full-time research library aimedto help the on-going research projects of this Institute, and act as acentre providing assistance for the promotion and propagation of AsianCulture.There is a moderate budgetary provision of Rs. 200,000/ for thepurchase of essential books and journals.

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