Geography in Tamil Nadu
A number of institutions of higher learning in Tamil Nadu have been offering graduate and post graduate programmes in geography for several decades. Some of the Departments are recognized as research centers and these are engaged in undertaking national and international research projects besides conducting research programmes in geography. The departments are also engaged in organizing short term and long term training programmes and workshops to disseminate the latest geographic knowledge and technology for the benefit of students, researchers and teachers of geography.
Two geographical Associations are functioning in Tamil Nadu to disseminate geographic knowledge to the students and teachers of schools, colleges and universities through publishing journals, organizing workshops and conduct talent tests to the geography students.
The Indian Geographical Society is conducting talent test examination to final year UG and PG geography students across the State and present awards and cash prizes to a tune of Rs. 15,000 (top three M.Sc. students) and Rs. 10,000 (top three B.Sc students) in the names of the IGS Founder Prof N.Subrahmanyam and the former Head of the Department of Geography of University of Madras Prof. A.Ramesh, respectively.
The Association of Geography Teachers of India conducts Annual Geography Talent Tests to the school students. The talent test is conducted at two levels: Students of classes 7 and 8 take Junior Level test while the students of classes 9 and 10 take it at the Senior Level. Prizes and certificates are awarded to top ranking candidates.