I have read a lot of interesting things about India in the Jungle book by the English author Rudyard Kipling and watched amazing animated movies and famous Bollywood filmes since my childhood. In consequence, visit in India became one of my dreams.
In this year, on september, my dream come true, to realize it helped me the scholarship of International technical and economic cooperation (ITEC) programme which sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. I participated in the course Progress to Proficiency (in English) at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), University was founded in 1958, Hyderabad, India.
The EFL University has 7 schools and 26 Departments. There are also research programmes, apart from graduate, postgraduate in this University. Campus has all facilities such as hostels, health center, canteen, gym, and library. The pride of the University is the Ramesh Mohan library. The entire collection of 167 000 books and back volumes have been automated and the same can be accessed with the help of OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) within the library.
The course included three months studying subjects such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, presentation skills and prononcuation. The teachers were leading professional in English language, they are certified IELTS experts.
During the course I could improve my English through daily speaking with my friends from of Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, Central Asia, and Latin America. It was a really good opportunity to learn about the culture of different nations around the world. And it is very sad to recognize that the most of them I will never meet again.
ITEC gave me great opportunity to visit a country like India and see a civilization that is over 3,000 years old. I found Indian people very kind, helpfuul and they have an ingenuous smile. ITEC coordinators made to feel us like at home and India became my second home.
Mirkhat Serikbayev, PhD, DBA
Deputy head of Marketing Department of KAZGUU University