UCP incorporates Sign Language Interpretation at National Conference on Linguistics and Literature

12:21 PM | 12 Jun, 2023
UCP incorporates Sign Language Interpretation at National Conference on Linguistics and Literature

LAHORE – The Faculty of Languages and Literature at the University of Central Punjab (UCP) organized its 1st National Conference on Linguistics and Literature. Taking place on June 1-2, 2023, this remarkable event exceeded all expectations, leaving a profound and lasting impression on all participants.  

The conference showcased a diverse range of activities, including exceptional keynote speeches, insightful parallel sessions, enriching workshops, thought-provoking poster presentations, and a memorable cultural night. However, what truly set this conference apart was its commitment to inclusivity.

The University of Central Punjab (UCP) has become the pioneer university to incorporate sign language interpretation into its prestigious national conference on linguistics and literature. This historic experiment, spearheaded by Dr. Irfan Abbas from the Faculty of Languages and Literature (FOLL), received immense praise and appreciation from participants and dignitaries alike.

Under the dynamic leadership of Head of English Department Dr. Baber Sultan Ali Khan and Dean of Faculty of Languages and Literature Dr. Fehmedia Sultana, UCP took a significant step towards inclusivity by providing sign language interpretation services at the conference.

Deaf Reach, an organization dedicated to empowering deaf individuals, provided two experienced interpreters for the event. The first interpreter, Mr. Obaid Wairs, delivered sign language interpretation during the opening session on the first day, setting a positive tone for the conference. The second interpreter, Ms. Saba Ahsan, showcased her skills during a panel discussion held on the second day, which included renowned personalities such as Mr. Aaron Wasen, PSL Development Director at FESF, along with an enthusiastic audience that included Mr. Daniel M Lanthier and Chelsea Bartosik.

Inside the auditorium, deaf students were also present with their deaf teachers, while many others joined the conference remotely, making it an all-encompassing experience. The introduction of sign language interpretation received widespread appreciation from all participants, both within Pakistan and abroad.

The American Consul General, Mr. William Makaneole, who served as the chief guest, expressed his admiration for the initiative. He commended UCP for being the first event he had attended in Pakistan that included sign language interpretation. Mr. Makaneole applauded the inclusivity and support shown towards the deaf community, expressing his satisfaction by clapping and acknowledging the efforts made.

Encouraged by the acclaim and recognition received, the Faculty of Languages and Literature at UCP has demonstrated its determination to continue taking further steps in the future. These forthcoming endeavors aim not only to enhance students’ linguistic competence but also to increase their cultural understanding and ability to interact effectively with the deaf community.

Dr. Irfan Abbas, the driving force behind this innovative initiative, shared his thoughts on the importance of inclusive practices in academia. He stated, “By incorporating sign language interpretation into academic conferences, we foster an environment where diversity is celebrated, and all individuals can actively participate in intellectual discourse. This inclusive approach benefits not only the deaf community but also enriches the overall learning experience for every participant.”

The UCP national conference on Linguistics and Literature has set a commendable precedent for other educational institutions, both nationally and internationally, to follow suit. By embracing inclusivity and integrating sign language interpretation, universities can create spaces that promote diversity, respect, and equal access to knowledge for all individuals, regardless of their hearing abilities.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on October 4, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on October 4, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.5 286.45
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 78.7 79.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.45 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 180.2 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 766 774
Canadian Dollar CAD 210 212
China Yuan CNY 39.62 40.02
Danish Krone DKK 40.55 40.95
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.74 37.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 931.36 940.36
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.27 61.87
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.55 173.55
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.92 27.22
Omani Riyal OMR 748.35 756.35
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 79.03 79.73
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 26.34 26.64
Swiss Franc CHF 313.85 316.35
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – October 4, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 201,100 on Wednesday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 172,410.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 4 October 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Karachi PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Islamabad PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Peshawar PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Quetta PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Sialkot PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Attock PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Gujranwala PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Jehlum PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Multan PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Bahawalpur PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Gujrat PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Nawabshah PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Chakwal PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Hyderabad PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Nowshehra PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Sargodha PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Faisalabad PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Mirpur PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300


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