Hyderabad: In a first of its kind move, the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) will introduce online international journals. The university will soon launch seven online international journals that will be brought out with experts on the editorial board along with the dean and heads of the departments concerned.
The university has already completed two journals and the proposal will take off once the other five are completed. The journals are likely to be launched by Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar.
The idea of the online international journals is to enhance the research output being done by the PhD scholars and academic researchers of the varsity. It is also open to students, researchers and academics from other universities.
“The online international journals are being introduced as a part of enhancing the research output in the seven departments,” Prof. E Suresh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, EFLU told Education Today.
The university administration as part of its social responsibility will also launch a free mobile app on spoken English and English pronunciation. The app would provide an opportunity to people to improve their oral communication skills and also English pronunciation.
Under the university’s social responsibility, the administration has developed open educational resources in English, Sanskrit, Hindi and ten foreign languages including Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Persian. The 30-hour proficiency courses in oral communication skills in each of the languages will be offered free of cost and will be launched soon.
This apart, in order to have an interface between the university and the industry, the administration has set up a university-industry hub. The aim of the hub is to develop partnership with the industry so as to design courses in tune with the industry requirement.
Taking up student centric initiatives, the varsity has decided to have reading rooms in all the five hostels including boys and girls. This apart, a gymnasium and a beauty salon for women have been already set up. The varsity also plans to set up an exclusive gymnasium for foreign students on the campus.