This term, in a liberal sense, denotes research-oriented Tamil Studies by any organization or individual researcher
or school of scholars. In a defined sense, this term will denote the special branch of research study of estimating the contributions to Tamil language,
literature and lifestyles of the native Tamil people by such individuals, organizations etc. And here, the term “lifestyles” is a vast spectrum encompassing in it,
all the day-to-day activities of the native Tamil people as could be gleaned from their indigenous literature of all kinds viz. grammatical, lexical, epical,
lyrical, dramatical, theological, medical, philosophical, moral, jurisprudence and folks literature, containing data about their various rites and rituals,
customs and manners, legends and fables, diseases and medicines, language and literature, society and culture, etc. from time immemorial till now.
This is a research-oriented terminology, which has a vast scope of multi disciplinary research avenues. That is, research avenues like for example,
cultural ethnology, ethno-medicine, tropical herbology, linguistics etc. will unfold themselves from this research umbrella.
German Indology, in the modern sense of the term, is a composite research spectrum encompassing in it, the total estimation of and contributions to the many – faceted lifestyles of the Indians, their languages, literature and cultures. [In the strictest sense of the term, Indology refers only to Sanskrit philology] German Tamilology is a branch of it. That is, the estimation of the contributions to various branches of Tamil Studies by Germans, in a liberal sense, is German Tamilology. This research area was adopted by me when my research work entitled: “German contributions to Tamil language, literature and culture during 1706-1945” was published. This will open a few other related new research avenues like German Telugology, German Malayalamology, German Kannadology, German Sanskritology, German Devanagariology etc. each of which will bring out German contributions to the respective indigenous linguistic areas in India. That is, studies of Germans to Telugu language, literature and lifestyles of the indigenous Telugu people will form German Telugology and likewise, the other branches.