International Conference of the Linguistic Association of Pakistan (ICLAP) held its 4th international meeting on Sunday at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU. The chief guest of conference was Vice Chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar Dr Razia Sultana. The key topic of conference was importance of learning the mother languages of Pakistan for development of country.
This 3 day conference was attended by linguistics experts and scholars from UK, USA, Malaysia, Turkey, Lebanon and Pakistan. The organizers of the conference included Department of English, FJWU and Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The conference was comprised with researches and thorough debates on linguistics by the attendants.
This global platform provided the participants to share their research work and presentations. Guest of Honor Vice Chancellor FJWU Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir concluded this conference with a note that the event proved to be a success, as its purpose was to serve as a platform for sharing knowledge of linguistics.
The finance Minister of Punjab Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht presented budget for remaining eight months of fiscal year 2018-19 on Tuesday. The new government has increased the educational budget of Punjab from Rs144billion to Rs373billion. This increase of Rs28billion will benefit in reforming the higher education system of Pakistan in huge manner.
The Provincial Finance Minister during presenting the budget commented,” “The government also understands that in order to reform the Education Sector, it has to develop its foundations and in response has allocated Rs25 Billion for the development of School Education against Rs5billion allocated for the province’s Higher Education Sector.”
It is worth noticing that reformations and huge changes have been witnessed in these two months of newly established government. Corruption charges and deformities in educational system are taken seriously. NAB and Supreme Court has participated greatly in this matter.
Such actions will have a positive impact of Pakistan in international level. Higher Education Minister called a press conference and further explained the plans of PTI government for educational sector. He said, “Our findings so far has led us to believe that there are still issues of access, quality, governance, curriculum and standardization in the higher education sector of Punjab.”
And he added, “We have started consultation and debate with all the stakeholders to formulate a holistic document of higher education policy for Punjab. We had decided to establish world-class universities one each in nine division of the province. In this regard, we would upgrade the existing universities and also establish three new universities in the province over the next five years, one each in northern, central and southern parts of Punjab.”
According to economic survey of Pakistan, Pakistan’s literacy rate has declined frpom 60% to 58% in year 2018. It is an alarming condition for a developing country like Pakistan and also looking at its geographical importance in South Asia. These recent amendments and increase in budget is definitely a good news.