Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) is a Konknni research, educational and cultural
centre named after the sixteenth century English Jesuit, Fr Thomas
Stephens (1549 - 1619), a renowned linguist and Marathi poet. He came
to Goa on October 24, 1579. He learned Konknni and Marathi languages
so well that he wrote in them.
He produced the Konknni grammar, which happens to be also the very
first grammar of an Indian language to be printed in 1622. He worked
in Goa for the people and their language till he died here in 1619.
TSKK belongs to the Goa Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr was started way back in September 1985, with the aim of uniting ‘Konknnis’ (term referring o both the Konknni language and those belonging to the Konknni culture), irrespective of their territorial identity, religion, dialect, script, cultural expression by promoting Konknni language, literature and culture thorough research and education.
TSKK is devoted to the promotion of education and research in the Konknni language, literature and culture.
Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendr is one of the well known Konkani Research Centres in the North Goa District. It is recognized by the Government of Goa and promotes various research initiatives in Konkani thus helping to preserve the Goan heritage - Konkani. It is owned and managed by the Jesuit Higher Education Society, Goa.