Life of Prof Dr N Subbu Reddiar can be divided into five distinctive periods:  His Childhood and Education;  His life as a Headmaster at Thuraiyur, Trichy Dist. Tamilnadu ;  His life as a Teachers' Teacher at Karaikudi, then Ramnad Dist. [now Sivaganga Dist.,] Tamilnadu;  His life as an University Professor at Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh and  His retired, but scholarly life at Chennai, Tamilnadu, running into 29 long years till his death, after a brief illness, in 2006.
He was born in 1916 [27 August] at his mother's place , a small village by name Perahambi, Lalgudi Taluq, Trichy Dist., Tamilnadu. After his informal and formal education in the villages and nearby towns [Thuraiyur and Musiri], he moved to Trichy to complete his Bachelor's degree [BSc - Chemistry] and, then to Madras [Chennai] to complete his Teacher training [LT]. [His Teachers]
He began his career as a Founder-Headmaster [9 years], then he served as a Professor in a Teacher's Training College [10 years] and later retired as an University Professor in 1977 [17 years], after serving the cause of education for 36 years in several capacities. Even after his retirement in 1977, Professor was invited to serve various positions. In 1978, he accepted the post of Chief Editor, Tamil Encyclopedia offered by Tamil Academy, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
During this 36 years of service and then, 29 years after his retirement, he published more than 130 books in a variety of topics ranging from Tamil language, Tamil literature, space science, to education, educational psychology , literary criticism , and to religion , philosophy , genetics , biography, pedagogy,and autobiography, etc. After his retirement, he had published
He established TEN endowments in universities and educational institutions with the funds coming from his own earnings and cash awards received, with the objectives of conducting a series of lectures each year by inviting Tamil scholars who are specialists in various fields, as indicated by the Professor. Professor gave lectures on several topics in various endowments established by other charitable institutions in universities and, published those lectures in a book form.
During his academic career, Professor participated in [and presided over] several All-India seminars and presented papers in English in a variety of fields, viz religion, philosophy, education, literature, etc,. When he was in Sri Venkateswara University, he conducted four national level symposia, wherein the inaugural and valedictory sessions were conducted in English for the benefits of all faculty and students of the University.
His 14 books received prizes from the University of Madras and Government of Tamilnadu . Apart from these, he was honoured by other institutions, like Madurai-Kamaraj University (honoured him with DLitt), and several Religious and Charitable Trusts. He was awarded ' Kalaimamani ' by the Tamilnadu Iyal,
Isai, Nataka Mandram of Government of Tamilnadu for his enduring contribution to the enrichment of Tamil.
At the time of his death [1 May 2006], he was Professor Emeritus [for Life] in the Department of Tamil Language and Literature in the University of Madras, Life Member of Academic Council in the Madurai-Kamaraj University, Madurai and President, Anna Nagar Tamil Sangam , Chennai - 600 040, Tamilnadu, INDIA.
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