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Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL)
The English and Foreign Languages University (EFL University)



Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL)/The English and Foreign Languages University (EFL University)


The Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) has metamorphosed into the English and Foreign Languages University (EFL University). It is the 24th Central University in the country, the new kid on the block, created by an Act of Parliament. Indeed, the English and Foreign Languages University Act, 2006, marks a qualitatively different phase in the history of an already great institution. The Institute, a brainchild of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was set up in 1958. The mandate of CIE, as it was called then, was to train teachers of English. In 1972 we witnessed a new incarnation of the Institute: the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages; in 1992, CIEFL became a Deemed University. At present, the mandate of the EFL University has become much broader

The English and Foreign Languages University (EFL University) is a Central University established by an Act of the Indian Parliament on 3 August 2007. It is the only university in India devoted exclusively to the study of English and foreign languages.

The Act mandates the new university to advance and disseminate “instructional, research and extension facilities in the teaching of English and foreign languages and literatures in India” as well as “to take appropriate measures for inter-disciplinary studies and research in literary and cultural studies, and to develop critical intercultural understanding of civilizations.”

The English and Foreign Languages University grew out of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), which was a deemed university created by the Central Government to improve the standards of the teaching of English and foreign languages in the country.

At present, EFL University offers a variety of courses and research programmes in English, Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. It is in the process of expansion and development under the leadership of its first Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abhai Maurya.

The English and Foreign Languages University is a full-fledged Central (National) University and has been specially set up to conduct advanced research and training in English and foreign languages in the areas of Teacher Education, Literature, Linguistics, Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies. The University runs a B Ed (English) programme, P G Diploma in Teaching, M A, M Phil and Ph D programmes in English and foreign languages such as Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish etc. It also conducts a variety of short training programmes for learners and teachers of English and foreign languages. Teachers at this university are essentially ‘facilitators’, and endeavour to adopt what is known as a ‘learner-centred approach’. They are among the best in the country and are leaders in their fields.

In recognition of its outstanding academic contribution and meritorious record, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous evaluation agency set up by the University Grants Commission, Government of India, granted a five-star accreditation to this university.

Situated on a 35-acre campus, the University has the following curricular facilities:

Learning facilities and resources

  • A well-equipped library with over 1,30,000 books and 470 journals
  • A Self-Access Learning Centre (with language laboratories to practise pronunciation)
  • Audio and video recording units
  • A Computer Centre with a Multimedia and Digital Laboratory
  • An Electronic Reading Centre for visually challenged students
  • A Film Club
  • A Theatre Club
  • A Placement Cell

THE ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES UNIVERSITY
Hyderabad - 500007
Andhra Pradesh , India
Phone: 091-0402-7098131
Fax: 091-0402-7098402

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