25 Sep 2013

Paper Submission for Publication

The department of English and the organizing committee of  ICLLT 2013 thank all the  national and international participants and paper presenters of the conference who took part in the three-day international event hosted by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur ( Department of English ) and HEC.

 Copies of the abstract book were distributed among participants and attendees of the conference during the three days.  Now it is time to submit the oral and poster presentations presented at the conference for publication .  

Journal of Linguistics & Literature 

Last date for the submission of complete papers for publication is January 31, 2014. The papers will be published in the Journal of Linguistics & Literature ( published by the department of English, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur). Those who have already submitted their papers for publication, need not submit their papers again. 

Guidelines for Authors                                                                                                                                
  • The article should be in English
  • The article should begin with brief summary, and should not normally exceed 3000 words.
  • Technical jargons should be avoided, and where possible statistical data should be summarized in the text, although tables may be included if clearly presented.
  • Authors are encouraged to describe their findings in terms which are intelligible to non-expert readers.
  • APA referencing style should be followed.

24 Sep 2013

Important Dates and Registration Fee

  • Last   Date for Submission of Abstracts October 15, 2013.
  • Intimation of abstract approval: October 22, 2013
  • Last date for registration: October 29, 2013
  • Full Paper Submission: November 7, 2013
  • Opening ceremony of the Conference Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Cultural Night Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Second day of the Conference:   Tuesday, November 26, 2013
  • City Tour Tuesday, November 26, 2013
  • Closing ceremony of the Conference:  Wednesday, November 27, 2013
  • Registration Fee
  • Local Participants:  Pakistani Rupees 2000.
  • Foreign Participants: $ 50         
  • For details contact
  • Prof. Dr. Mamuna Ghani
  • Principal Organizer of the Conference
  • Chairperson
  • Department of English
  • Ph.: 0092629255465
  • E-mail: drghani2009@yahoo.com

1st International Conference on Linguistics & Language Teaching, November 2013, Bahawalpur: CALL FOR PAPERS

1st International Conference on Linguistics & Language Teaching, November 2013, Bahawalpur: CALL FOR PAPERS: Foreign language teaching seems to have gained unprecedented importance in the fast shrinking modern global village. Better ways of commun...


Foreign language teaching seems to have gained unprecedented importance in the fast shrinking modern global village. Better ways of communication have widened the cross-cultural contacts of individuals and groups.  This is why the number of foreign languages being learnt in Pakistan seems to have increased.  Besides, teaching modern Internet savvy learners of languages in an age of information technology means dealing with new challenges and tools in language teaching.   This conference focuses not only issues related to language pedagogy but also tries to explore aspects of sociolinguistics and other branches of linguistics.  what researchers of linguistics can do to address  social problems related to language such language conflicts which claim many lives. In order to discuss these and other such issues of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and other areas of linguistics, the English department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur is organizing the First International Conference on Linguistics and Language Teaching. The conference is scheduled to be held in November 2013.  The aim of the conference is to boost research on linguistics and language teaching in Pakistan by providing a broad and multi-disciplinary platform to the national and international researchers to discuss the recent findings of their studies in linguistics and language teaching. The event will provide an exciting opportunity to build academic relationships and explore possibilities and capabilities of research collaboration on national and international levels. You are cordially invited to send abstracts of your papers at iubconference2013@gmail.com by October 15, 2013. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words (for thirty-minute presentations). Abstracts should be sent as attachments in MS Word format. Do not forget to include your biographical details in the body of the email. Abstracts are invited in any area of linguistics but we especially welcome those that deal with areas listed on the next page. The conference offers multiple modes of presentation: oral, poster, virtual and video conferencing. Selected papers will be published in the book of the proceedings of the conference.

A Decade of Higher Education

The higher education institutions spur human resource skills-enrichment that, in turn, builds the capacity to compete in a globalised world in which the knowledge economy reigns supreme. Prosperity or poverty, ascendance or decline depends on the intellectual base of a nation. The institutions of higher education in today’s knowledge economy bear a heavy burden and so are charged with playing a decisive role in the development of nations in the 21st century. It is in this context of the vital role that institutions of higher education play in the destiny of nations that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) can enrich the human intellect without borders - an aim of the HEC!
The benefits brought by the HEC for individuals are far-reaching when comparison is made prior to the establishment of the HEC; though it has a long way to achieve its desired objectives. On average, graduates get better jobs and earn more than those without a higher education. The HEC provided the much needed material support to all aspiring students to attain higher education. The necessity to pay attention to higher education in Pakistan was due to following reasons:
  • Demographic bulge that necessitated establishing institutions of higher education to cater to the caveats of rising populace.
  • Knowledge economy that compelled Pakistan to pay heed to the education sector, especially higher education.
  • Information society that formed linkages, shrinking the boundaries of time and space with the assistance of cybertech.
  • Skill development that aimed to enhance the base of human resource capital.

In response to the above mentioned trends, the HEC was established in an effort to cope with these challenges. It established 48 new universities in a decade. Before its establishment, there were only 330,000 students in various universities. Now the strength is more than one million. Female enrolment in the universities increased from 36 to 46 percent. Eight thousand scholarships for financially constrained students have been arranged. Ten thousand local and foreign scholarships have been given to students. After the establishment of the HEC, 4,850 PhDs have been awarded to various scholars. However, prior to its establishment, only 3,281 PhDs were awarded in last 55 years.
From 2002 to 2012, there has been an eight-fold increase in international research publications from 816 to 6,300 in Pakistan. Due to tremendous increase in the research work, Pakistan’s share in global research has increased three times from 2002 to 2012. Further, 16,450 faculty members have been trained so far to impart effective pedagogy to students. There are around 84 Quality Enhancement Cells working in various universities to ensure the quality of teaching and curriculum. A Quality Assurance Agency has been created.
There are around 164 HEC recognised journals. A standardised criterion for PhD and MPhil has been formulated. Every PhD thesis is externally evaluated from foreign university - a practice alien to inside the education system before the HEC. A uniform and standard criterion for the appointment of the faculty has been made to attract the best talent to institutions of higher learning. Prior to the establishment of the HEC, mostly PhDs were awarded in languages like Urdu, Persian, Punjabi, etc. PhD scholars in natural, physical and engineering disciplines were few and far between. The HEC change this research trend and offered scholarships in basic and engineering sciences.
In 2011, the HEC achieved the hallmark of arranging the country’s first-ever Interuniversity Consortium for the promotion of social sciences, art and humanities. The main aim of this collaborative venture was to improve the state of social sciences in Pakistan. The author himself undertook special interest in the consortium being a sociologist and demographer. Without focusing on social sciences, the ideals of social betterment and democracy cannot be achieved at which the HEC focused its attention.
In spite of all the progress that has been achieved in the last one decade or so, higher education is still under a great amount of pressure and debate, and at risk of decline due to the criticism being hurled at the HEC. Analysts form opinions in political context and apply them on the HEC without having an empirical evidence to support their arguments.
They usually take a political view of education and criticise the HEC on the ground that it has failed to link higher education with the ideals of democracy and egalitarianism. They fail to recognise the fact that the establishment of the HEC was a response to cope with the challenges that sprang out of knowledge economy and information society, which are rapidly enveloping the globe into its fold. John Dewey once remarked: “When the schools depart from the educational conditions effective in the out-of-school environment, they necessarily substitute a bookish, pseudo-intellectual spirit for a social spirit.” Only a productive nation can herald egalitarianism and welfarism into the social edifice of a nation.
A second criticism being made of the HEC is that it has focused mainly on quantity. This criticism is tenuous as the results have shown that in every realm of its activity, the HEC has formulated a standardised approach to maintain quality like external evaluation for PhD theses, criterion for the selection of faculty members, etc. But much of the scholarship and lay criticism of higher learning in Pakistan still view the enterprise as one largely sheltered from outside changes and only weakly influential in reshaping Pakistan’s social structure. This situation is both baffling and worrisome, as there is paucity of information about the students, who are now entering the institutions of higher education.

At political decision-making level, every step taken forward is synchronised with leap in backward direction. In the last two years, funds for the HEC have been slashed by around 50 percent. There is a risk of losing gains made in the higher education. The challenges are growing exponentially and the HEC today is facing hard choices on funding, quality and management. Tackling these challenges needs, among other things, a long-term strategy for investment and reform as well as better infrastructure, better collaboration and stronger links with the business community and industrial sector. For academics, policymakers, senior administrators and professionals of the HEC, there is an exigency to interact and share ideas about the existing and emerging practices and strategies that would enhance quality, productivity, collaboration and innovation in the HEC. At government level, more funds should be channelised in the service of the whole nation.

Written By

Professor Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin , the vice chancellor of the University of Gujrat.

Published by the Nation (Dec,6, 2012)

Focus of the Conference

  • The Teaching of Asian Languages in the 21st century
  • Central Asian Languages and Urdu
  • Similarities between Uyghur Language & Urdu
  • The teaching of Urdu as a Foreign Language in the 21st Century
  • The teaching of regional Languages of Pakistan
  • English Language Teaching
  • Language Education
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Web 2.0 & 3.0 Technologies in ELT
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Pidgins and Creoles
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Stylistics
  • Translation Studies
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Language & Ethnicity
  •  Issues in Pakistani Linguistics
  • Language Conflicts
  • Indigenous Languages of Pakistan
  • Marketing and Language
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Our Aims & Objectives

This part of southern Punjab is rich in cultural heritage and has always enjoyed the patronage of scholars who contributed to the land by giving their due share. Envisioned in 1925 and established in 1974, the Islamia University of Pakistan stands as a symbol of rich educational heritage and grace of the region. The rapidly growing university which has been working for years for the educational and socio-economic betterment of the people of the region is going to reach another milestone by organizing the first International Conference on Linguistics and Language Teaching in November 2013 at its Baghdad-ul-jaded campus in Bahawalpur, a prominent city of the Southern Punjab. The objective of this three-day conference is to provide an educational platform or forum for interaction to national and international delegates, researchers, scholars and experts in the field of linguistics and language teaching. Through the oral and poster presentations and plenary speakers’ talks, the conference shall provide our academic staff, indigenous scholars and postgraduate students exposure to the latest   research achievements made in the field. In addition, the event will provide an exciting opportunity to build academic relationships and explore possibilities and capabilities of research collaborations, long lasting cooperation on national and international levels. The papers presented at the conference shall be published in the Book of proceedings. Presenters may present their papers on various areas of linguistics and language teaching such as applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, language therapy and English Language Teaching (ELT). Our aim is to provide a platform to the budding researchers in the field of linguistics. The young researchers will get exposure to the foreign and local studies done in the field of linguistics. The students and the scholars will learn the application of theoretical knowledge in linguistics and ELT.

Venue of the Conference

The conference will take place at Baghdad-ul-jadid campus of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.  The campus is situated on the newly-built Hasilpur Road at twenty-minute drive from the city and houses departments of various disciplines, hostels for students and faculty members , central library, a grand mosque, a bank, a post office and a medical centre. This peaceful oasis of knowledge, learning and research  is decked with flowerbeds, green lawns,  farms and orchards. The opening and closing ceremonies and the plenary sessions will take place at the Quaid-e-Azam Auditorium, the main auditorium of the campus. Non-plenary presentations will take place in conference rooms at the same campus. The university buses shuttle between its city campus and Baghdad-ul-jadid campus every 30 minutes. 

About the Focal person of the Conference

Prof. Dr. Mamuna Ghani is the principal organizer of the conference. She is a PhD from the University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom. These days, she    is the chairperson of the department of English at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan where she is a part of a number of academic bodies. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Language by LAP, (Linguistic Association of Pakistan) and the research journal IJRAH by the University of Sindh, Pakistan. For the past 23 years, she has written extensively in Pakistani journals of linguistics on issues related to TEFL and sociolinguistics. Her special research interests include multilingualism, code-switching, language and social class, language and gender, anxiety and language learning   and the effects of attitude and motivation on second and first language learning. She wants to play her role in spreading education to the remote areas of the country. Under her supervision, students from the far flung areas of Pakistan have secured M.Phil. and doctorate degrees.  Her students are serving in the field of ELT in various educational institutes, colleges and universities in Pakistan and abroad.

About The City of Bahawalpur

The city of Bahawalpur has a lot to offer to the worthy participants of the conference. Located in the Cholistan region in the Southern Punjab on the bank of River Satluj, the city of Bahawalpur is one of the largest cities of the Punjab.  The city enjoyed the status of being the capital of the former princely state.Today, the city and its suburbs enshrine house the magnificent palaces, libraries, museums and ancient forts of the bygone days. The city is flanked by the vestiges of Uch shareef and Harappa. These vestiges give us a glimpse of the glorious past the region had as center of learning, culture and civilization. The city is also known for its natural safari park, Lal Suhanra National Park. The park is said to be one of the largest national parks in south East Asia. The park brings you in touch with desert life, forests, lake views, birds, reptiles,  wild animals and lion safari.

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