R. Ravikanth Reddy

To teach English in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

  • The initiative follows after Prime Minister's announcement at ASEAN summit
  • Six experts will be sent on deputation to set up full-fledged centres in these countries
  • The initiative follows after Prime Minister's announcement at ASEAN summit
  • i>Six experts will be sent on deputation to set up full-fledged centres in these countries

    HYDERABAD: The Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages (CIEFL) is going global. The centre that made a mark in the country with its expertise in teaching English language will now reach out to people in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam from next month.

    Senior professors and experts from CIEFL Centres in Hyderabad and Shilling would now work with the Centres for English Language Training (CELT) being set up in these countries. The focus would be on improving English language and communication skills for different groups like teachers, professionals, businessmen and students.

    The CIEFL was identified as the nodal agency after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that India would help set up CELTs in these countries and Myanmar at the ASEAN Summit in Kaulalumpur on December 13, 2005.

    According to CIEFL Vice-Chancellor V.S.S. Sastry, a series of meetings followed to conceptualise the design of the project and sent to member countries of ASEAN for endorsement. It was approved at the 10th ASEAN-India working group meeting in October 2006. The project would be funded by the ASEAN-India Cooperation Fund and monitored by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

    "The courses have been designed in assistance with the local representatives to suit their needs," Hemalatha Nagarajan, coordinator of the ASEAN programmes told The Hindu . She was a part of the three-member CIEFL team and a representative from MEA who visited the host countries for preliminary discussions. The team identified the places and the infrastructure necessary for setting up CELTs.