The Lahore School of Economics hosted its first international conference on “Language Policy in International Agreements: The Asian Experience with Special Focus on CPEC” on Saturday, 9th November 2019.
The first session of the conference was based on the study “The Policy Implications of CPEC Language & Employment: A Case Study of Industries and MNCs in (SEZ) Punjab”. The principal researcher, Dr. Sabiha Mansoor and Maiyda Shahid, co-researcher, presented their research. The panelists for the session included Dr. Shahid Siddique, Dr. Tariq Rahman, Mr. Sohail Lashari and Dr. Azam Chaudhry. While the panel discussion for the session was chaired by Dr. Phyllis G.L. Chew.
The second session on, “CPEC infrastructure, language and class dynamics in Punjab, Pakistan” began by opening remarks by the chair, Dr. Tariq Rahman. The panelists of the session included Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Mr. Ali Salman Siddique, and Dr. Fauzia Shamim.
The principal researcher, Dr. Fareeha Zafar, presented the findings of the research study which dealt broadly with the question of how CPEC infrastructure development is going to impact the class structures of Pakistan through formal and informal language practices. Within broader socio-cultural dynamics, the study focused on education, language and class issues.
The panel discussion for session three was chaired by Dr. Shamim. The panelists for this session were Mr. Umer Farooq, Dr. Rana Ejaz, and Brigadier Manzoor Qadir. Ms. Shanzay Kamran, the principal investigator and Munaza Hassan, presented the study, “Language and education: Response of public higher education institutions in Punjab to CPEC development”.
In the final session, Dr. Phyllis G. L. Chew, presented on “Singapore’s language management with special focus on the ‘speak Mandarin campaign’ and the Chinese diaspora in Singapore.” and Dr. Fauzia Shamim talked about “Chinese Language Learning in Sindh: Need, Want and/or Opportunism?”
Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Rector, Lahore School of Economics, gave the concluding remarks.