What is it like to study in a university that exclusively focuses on language studies and humanities?
From the philosophy geeks to the literary brainiacs to the hardcore fandom followers, there’s a place for every kind of literary obsession here.
The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) is dedicated to the study of English and 10 other foreign languages and is the only one of its kind in South Asia. It has sister campuses in Shillong and Lucknow but the main campus is located in Hyderabad – our destination for the day.
The very atmosphere of this literary space is so embracive. The lush greenery that engulfs the campus and the prehistoric infrastructure, all add to its charm. To top it off, you are surrounded by people who share similar passions.
But what really makes the EFLU, Hyderabad so unique? Prepare to be amazed.
1. The Existential Staircase
When your campus is filled with existentially-confused Arts students, it’s bound to rub off on the infrastructure as well! Meet the existential staircase.
Situated in the New Academic Block, this flight of stairs takes you from the ground floor to the first and then, halfway to the second floor, it changes its mind and throws you at a dead end. This infrastructural absurdity is an ideal spot when the quarter-life crisis hits you.
2. Animal: Human Ratio
I don’t think I’d be accused of exaggeration for claiming that the animal:human ratio on campus is 1:3. Yup, we’ve got 3 humans for every dog, cat, pigeon, and monkey on campus. While our dogs and pigeons are more interested in pursuing their scholastic education by being frequent visitors to the classrooms, the cats and monkeys find more joy in raiding the food supplies in hostel rooms.
3. Wall Art
The walls of the EFLU hostel rooms are to students what cave paintings were to the early man. The EFLU hostels have their own unique form of hieroglyphic art, through which you can uncover bits and pieces into the lives of the past inmates. It’s an unspoken rule that every new occupant must add his/her own touch and preserve the legacy.
4. Break-Up Tree
Just beyond the entrance of EFLU’s Jogger’s Park is a tree that has witnessed the end of many relationships. At least, that’s how I’m assuming it got its name. As poetic (or clichéd) as it may be to break ties with a lover under a tree that’s meant for that very purpose, I think it’s mighty unfair to the tree in question.
What if it wanted to be known as the Shakespearian Tree? Did you think about that? No, you only think about yourself.
5. Heritage Well
This three-storeyed, square-shaped well was once EFLU’s prized heritage possession. Freshers are delighted with tales of the Heritage Well’s glory days when it was used as an amphitheater to celebrate festivals.
Constructed more than 200 years old by the Nizams in the Asaf Jahi period, it used to be a source of drinking water for the institution. Though it now lies in a sorry state due to lack of maintenance, it is a reminder of the glorious history of the city.
6. Echo Point
Nope, you don’t have to trek to a hilltop to reach this echo point. Any EFLU student will educate you about a sweet spot a few feet away from Gate No. 2, which will give you the same effect. The semi-circular enclosure around the gate bounces sounds off the walls in a satisfying manner. Finding the exact spot is a little tricky, but gratifying.
The list could go on and on because that’s just how many quirky features this campus has! You can try not to, but I’ll bet you can’t help fall in love with it.
What’s your favourite unique feature of EFLU? Let us know in the comments section below.
Image Credits: Google Images, Reesita Mangottil, Namitha Soman (Dots n Doodles)