Dr. Mian Khurram Shahzad Azam
I am privileged to have been appointed as the Head, Department of English (FC) of National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan. This is one of the first departments that started functioning with the establishment of National Institute of Modern Languages, by the Pakistan Army in the late 1960s. The department offers Functional English Courses to help the learners improve their English expression with a view to enhancing their skills and expertise as professionals or scholars.
Established as National Institute of Modern Languages by the Pakistan Army in the late 1960s, NUML has the singular distinction of being the only modern languages university in the country. Department of English, Functional Courses (FC) came into existence simultaneously with the founding of erstwhile National Institute of Modern Languages in the late 1960s. Since its inception, the Department has functioned as a useful component of NUML to accomplish the assigned mission, efficaciously. The courses offered by the Department include; Foundation, Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in English language both in the morning and in the afternoon shifts. In afternoon shift International English Language Testing System and English Speaking Proficiency Course are also offered.
The output, functioning, image and reputation of an educational institution are greatly determined by the quality of its management, faculty, infrastructure-cum-training facilities, students’ intake, curriculum and assessment system. The value system, ethos, traditions and culture, evolved over a period of time at reputed premier historical institutions, are also vital contributory factors that determine the overall output and reputation of an institution. National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has produced generations of students, who are serving the nation and humanity as useful members of the society.
We plan to leave no stone unturned to transform the Department of English (Functional Courses) into an English Language Teaching Centre of international repute, fully equipped with the requisite infrastructure, computer-assisted English Language learning/teaching programmes, language laboratories and other audio-visual training aids plus a Departmental Library stocked with the soft and hard copies of resource material for aided as well as self-paced English Language learning. To further improve the quality of our faculty, efforts are being made to staff the the Department wirh professional English Language Teaching (ELT) faculty by making arrangements for their formal as well as on-the-job-training. Necessary measures are being initiated to make the Department environment and conducive for the teaching-learning activities.
The management and faculty of this Department endeavour to discharge their duties with the fullest commitment, missionary zeal and sense of well-defined purpose to transform the Department into a Role-Model Language Teaching Unit of NUML, to promote its name and fame as the pioneer and premier institution of modern languages in Pakistan. Major objectives, conceived to achieve the Department’s mission, include: