Parliament on Tuesday passed the English and Foreign Languages Bill, 2006 that will provide a central university status to the Hyderabad-based Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL).
The Bill, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha in February, was cleared by the Lok Sabha during the day.
In his reply to the debate on the Bill, Minister of State for Human Resource Development MAA Fatmi said that in view of the trend of globalisation and increased mobility of people, the university would offer courses in English and other foreign languages and upgrade the teaching standards of foreign languages.
Besides English, the CIEFL offers courses in Arabic, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at the moment, the minister told members. The institution has two regional centres in Shillong and Lucknow and has been granted the authority to decide on opening new campuses anywhere else in the country besides introducing any new course, he said.
During the debate, members from different parties sought government support for Hindi and other regional languages as well while promoting studies in foreign languages.