The Department of Sanskrit was started in 1991, when Sanskrit was first offered as an alternative to Part-I Tamil. The innovative measure of holding Viva Voce in Spoken Samaskritam has been introduced by the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University on the special request of the department. Sankrit is taught from the alphabet . In the University theory examinations questions can be answered in Tamil or English, except for a few specific questions that are to be answered in Sanskrit..Apart from sanskrit and hindi,french may be offred to the students as an alternative to Part I tamil, Special permission has to be obtained from the University for such students.