Jacob Tharu, formerly Professor at English and Foreign Languages University, taught psychology at IIT Kanpur (1967-73) before setting up the Evaluation Department of FLU(formerly CIEFL), Hyderabad till 2003. His areas of work were: teaching courses on testing and research methods at P-G Diploma; guiding M.Phil and Ph.D. (residential and distance mode) students; assisting national recruitment agencies and secondary education boards with test design and item-writer training and extension work in ELT. Post retirement he has been associated with National Assessment Surveys (NCERT) as well as review missions of SSA. He has also served as course writer for IGNOU and BRAOU; resource person for TISS and for NGOs working in the field of education. Some of his current concerns include CCE (examination reform), bridge courses in English for college entrants and teachers’ professional development.