We stand on the threshold of a new academic year, a fresh beginning and myriad opportunities, poised as it were to add to the innovative dimensions of higher education.
I extend a warm welcome to our new students and participants. As you enter our portals with hope and optimism, I assure you that your sojourn here will shape you into well-groomed knowledge workers. The English and Foreign Languages University is a young university albeit with a rich history of teaching and teacher training both at its inception as the Central Institute of English and later as the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages.
In its new avatar as a Central University these past 5 years, we are a young institution with a rich history of 50 years. As the Vice Chancellor, I am cognizant of the potential to be unleashed if there is a focus. The different sectors of the University— the administration, the faculty and the students can collectively carve a new identity with “mutual aid” and build into a strong and cohesive University which can withstand the vicissitudes of a campus life without losing stability. Peter Kropotkin, the evolutionary theorist, went against Charles Darwin to prove that “mutual aid” and not “might” is the key to evolution. Higher education, I think, needs to move in this direction/collaborations: linkages, and team building are indeed hallmarks of growth and development. We need to temper rules and regulations with discipline, diligence and compassion. The aim should be to realize the enormous potential of a modern university like ours and harness it to the growth of the nation. The EFL University certainly has the desired potential with its rich repertoire of languages, cultures and literature's as humanizing courses.
EFL University at the core:
In the spirit of Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s vision,“the end product of education should be a free, creative man who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities”. The University must, therefore, be a place to help the youth develop themselves to their fullest potential and contribute to the inclusive development of the nation and a peaceful global society.
To me, strong leadership is about consensus building, effective navigation, and balancing and synergizing the pillars of an institution such as ours: its students, faculty, and administration. The reporting system is the key to the health of an institution. Transparency and accountability have to be the motto of every establishment as it reflects quality, confidence, and trust. For a strong organizational structure, I believe, there has to be a periodic macro and microanalysis of our strengths and shortcomings. Corrective measures, consolidation, and capacity building will then be in order.
To be part of the globalised fabric of the knowledge system, we need to constantly remind ourselves of the great visionary Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who foresaw the need and relevance of an English and foreign languages institution of higher education.
The English and Foreign Languages University has been created by an Act of the Indian Parliament with a view to building upon the achievements of the former CIEFL, and to significantly expand its activities on the national and global fronts. The objectives of this University as spelt out in the Act are:
The University has its main Campus at Hyderabad, with two other Campuses in Lucknow and Shillong. A proposal to establish two more regional Campuses, one each in Kerala and Haryana, is under serious consideration.
Already uniquely placed in English Language Education, our Foreign Language Departments continue to produce students proficient in Italian, Persian, Korean and Chinese in addition to French, German, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and Spanish.
Research programmes continue to be a priority in Languages, Literature, Linguistics, Teacher Education and Cultural Studies, all of which are in great demand among students.
The EFL Journal and Languaging are now into their third year of publication.
The All India English Language Testing Authority (AIELTA) aims to produce standardized tests at three levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. It also offers consultancy services to public and private sector organisations.
The University offers a range of short-term, self-financed, need-based vocational courses designed and developed by the faculty. Our courses are tailor-made for organizations where English is needed.
Our School of Distance Education and EMMRC continue to produce vibrant programmes.
The University has also a global outlook with the number of students from other countries increasing every year. Our International Training Programmes continue to be well received.
The expansion of our Regional Campuses in Shillong and Lucknow is being actively fostered while the Kerala campus is soon going to be a reality. Efforts to establish ourselves overseas is also worth mentioning.
We continue to receive tremendous support from the MHRD, the UGC and the MEA with all of whom we work in close collaboration.
I believe Henry Ford was right when he said “coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success”.
Prof. Sunaina Singh
The English and Foreign Languages University
Hyderabad 500 605