The English and Foreign Languages University was founded in 1958 as the Central Institute of English (CIE). To set up an institution for giving shape to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s (India’s first Prime Minister) vision to impart quality training in English for teachers, the mandate of the University is to advance and disseminate “instructional, research and extension facilities in the teaching of English and Foreign Languages and Literatures in India. Dedicated to the study of English and foreign languages, it is the only one of its kind in South Asia. It has been specially set up to conduct advanced research and training in English and foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Turkish).
In addition to regular Teacher Training Programmes, CIE set benchmarks through its various conferences, refresher courses, and syllabus design ventures. During this time, the Institute also initiated indigenous English education programmes by producing school text books and later radio lessons.
Gradually the Institute extended the scope of its goals, to improve the standard of English Teaching; to undertake relevant research; and to publish materials, to foreign languages. Therefore it was renamed the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) in 1972 with the addition of three major foreign languages – German, Russian and French. In 1973, CIEFL was awarded the status of a deemed university. Venturing into newer territories like curriculum development, evaluation, and methodology researches, two new campuses were set up at Shillong (1973) and Lucknow (1979) to include a larger population in its activities. Furthering its achievements in the use of radio and moving into television, the Educational Media Research Center was established at CIEFL in 1984, with the objective to design and telecast programmes in all subjects. In 2006 CIEFL was given central university status and accordingly came to be called the English and Foreign Languages University by an act of the Parliament.
Today, the EFL University has 11 Schools and 36 Departments with 168 faculty members. Apart from graduate, postgraduate, and Research programmes, EFLU offers postgraduate diplomas, and distance and part time mode courses.
The EFL University is a multi-campus Humanities university with 3 campuses, with its main campus in Hyderabad and constituent campuses in Lucknow and Shillong.
The university has 7 Schools and 26 Departments. 11 foreign languages apart from other humanities courses are taught through various programmes of the University. It offers 10 (3-year) undergraduate, 18 (2-year) postgraduate and 20 Diploma programmes annually. All the Schools offer (5-year) research programmes. The academic programmes service over 4500 students. The university also offers Ph.D. in English.
The University has conferred Honorary Fellowships on the legendary linguist, Professor MAK. Halliday, and the celebrated sociolinguist, Professor BrajKachru, and Honorary Doctorates on eminent personalities like the widely acclaimed novelist and playwright, Dr BhishamSahni, and the famous German scholar and publisher, Dr Siegfried Unseld. The English and Foreign Languages University conduct Practically Oriented Critical Researches on Cultures of Memory, Images of India, Rhythms of the folk, JÄti Cultures, Technics of culture, Itihasa-kavya-purana-natya.