The English And Foreign Languages University Act, 2007

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The English And Foreign Languages University Act, 2007 (Act No.7 of 2007) was came into force 3rd August, 2007 and was enacted with the aim and object to establish and incorporate a teaching University for promotion and development of English and other Foreign Language and their Literature and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Moreover, this Act was enacted with the aim to establish and incorporate a teaching University at Hyderabad by dissolving the ‘Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad’ which was a registered society. Further it aims to transfer and vest all properties and rights of said Society into the English and Foreign Languages University. Section 7 of the Act provides for Jurisdiction of the University, which shall extend to the whole of India.

An institution imparting quality training in English for teachers was dreamt by the then first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahrlal Nehru. Such dream of first Prime Minister of India was put to reality in the 1958. In the year 2007 this Act of Parliament was brought to provide for effective management of such The English and Foreign Languages University.

The Act under its Section 3 provides for establishment of the University in the State of Andhra Pradesh by name of ‘The English and Foreign Languages University’. The University was formerly established by the Central Government in the year 1958. The University was expanded to include the teaching of foreign languages in the year 1972. Consequently, name of the University was changed to Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages before this enactment, and was then renamed the English and Foreign Languages University. This University is based only one in India based exclusively on teaching and learning of foreign languages.

Further, Section 4 of the Act makes provisions of dissolution of the Central institute of English and Foreign Languages and also Hyderabad Society and transfer of all the properties and effect of establishment of the University on commencement of this Act. Section 5 of the Act provides for objects of the University and Section 6 of the powers of the University.

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As per Section 8 of the Act the University should be open to all persons irrespective of religion, sex, caste, creed, race or class in case of their appointment as teacher of University, or  for admission as a student in the University. The Section 11 of the Act provides for list of Officers of University including Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Deans of Schools, Registrar, Finance Officer, Controller of Examinations, Librarian and other officers as declared by Statutes. And further Sections provides for appointment of such officers.

Section 21 of the Act specks of Authorities of the University including Court, Executive Council, Academic Council, Schools of Studies, Finance Committee and other authorities provided under Statutes. And further Sections provides for appointment and other relevant aspects of such authorities. Section 28 of the Act provides for power to make statutes for the list of matters provided under same section. Further Section 29 of the Act prescribes procedure for the making of the Statutes. Moreover, Section 30 of the Act speaks of power for making of Ordinances on the list of matters provided therein. Section 31 of the Act provides for making of Regulations consistent with this Act.

Section 32 of the Act speaks of Annual Report of the University, which should be prepared under directions of Executive Council. Section 33 of the Act makes provision for Annual accounts and Balance-Sheet of the University which is also to be prepared under directions of Executive Council. Section 34 of the Act makes provisions for Returns or other information with respect to its property or activities as the Central Government may require. Further Section 35 of the Act provides for conditions of service of Employees. Section 38 of the Act provides for Provident and pension funds and such other Insurance schemes which University should constitute.

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by Faim Khalilkhan Pathan