Islamabad: Around 131 Pakistani students are on their way to China to have excellent learning opportunities in its top universities. Chinese government is awarding these scholarships to these brilliant Pakistani students who are from almost all parts of the country. In this regard an impressive ceremony took place at the embassy of China here Tuesday in which Ambassador of China in Pakistan Sun Weidong awarded the scholarships to a number of students. His wife Bao Jiqing, Federal Secretary Ministry of Interprovincial Coordination Raja Muhammad Nadir Ali, students’ representatives, parents’ representatives and a good number of families of the students had turned up to see their boys and girls receive admission letters by the ambassador.
Expressing his pleasure and wishing the young scholars a bright career, Chinese envoy said for 2016-17, China Scholarship Council has awarded Chinese Government Scholarship to 131 new Pakistani students, of whom 107 are recommended by the Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination of Pakistan. The Chinese Government Scholarship programme is a government-to-government undertaking, and thus aims at benefiting all the regions and the students of Pakistan, he said. Ambassador Weidong expressed his pleasure and satisfaction that the shortlisted students are from all over Pakistan—not only from big cities like Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar— but also from Gwadar, Gujranwala, Kamalia, Multan, Swat, Mingora, Sargodha, and Dera Ismail Khan.
The students are going to be educated in different fields in various Chinese Universities, including Computer Science and Technology, Business Administration, Finance, Physical Chemistry, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Broadcasting Communication, International Law, Journalism and so on, covering Bachelor program, Master program, PHD program and Advance Training program. I believe what they learn in China will prove to be very useful to future development of Pakistan and their hometowns. The ambassador said the Chinese government has always regarded the people of Pakistan as dear friends, trusted partners, good neighbors and iron brothers. We attach great importance to cultural and educational exchanges with Pakistan.
Every year, The China Scholarship Council provides 220 Chinese Government Scholarship (Bilateral Program) to Pakistani students some are for new students and the rest for students already in China. I am proud to say that this is the largest number of Chinese Government Scholarship for any single South Asian Country. Earlier before his address, the ambassador expressed his profound grief and shock over the terrorist attack in Quetta and shared his sympathies with bereaved families. One minute silence was also observed for the victims of the attack. The ambassador also read out Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson’s reaction to Monday’s suicide terrorist attack on a hospital in Quetta. According to the statement, “The government and people of China are deeply shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack which caused grave casualties in Quetta, Pakistan. We express our strong condemnation. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured, and we mourn for the lives lost,” read the ambassador. “The Chinese side opposes all forms of terrorism. We will always stand behind the Pakistani side in its fight against terrorism and its campaign for stability of the country and security of the people,” thus says the last line of the statement.
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