The Chinese faculty members of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi donated more than Rs600, 000/- to the Pakistani Director at the CIUK Professor Dr Muhammad Nasiruddin Khan which was handover to the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi on Tuesday.

The Chinese faculty, which flew back to China after the unfortunate incident that occurred on April 26, 2022, on the campus, and still teaching the students through online classes expressed that they want to provide some help to the people affected by the floods in Pakistan.

In their message, they mentioned that many parts of the country had witnessed massive floods after record-breaking rainfall and people need immediate help as the Chinese faculty was teaching in different universities they can realize how important it is to come forward at this moment. The CIUK Chinese faculty share that they would like to arrange for funds and aid for the flood victims’ relief.

The KU VC Khalid Iraqi visited the CIUK where he was briefed by Professor Dr Nasiruddin Khan that cash has been arranged for the deceased driver who had lost his life on April 26, 2022, as well as for the security guard who received injuries on that day.

The KU VC Khalid Iraqi acknowledged the good gesture of the Chinese faculty members and expressed gratitude to the former Chinese Director of the CIUK Professor Zhang Xiaoping, who joined the meeting from China.

On this occasion, Professor Dr Nasiruddin Khan informed the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi that Pakistani teachers who have successfully completed their higher studies in China are teaching basic language courses while the Chinese faculty is busy teaching advanced level courses and split degree programs through online classes.

The KU VC Khalid Mahmood Iraqi mentioned that Pak-China has an iconic friendship and they are like brothers to each other. He appreciated that the Chinese faculty is still committed to the task and busy teaching students as well as participating in flood relief activities.

In a meeting, the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi also discussed the future planning of the CIUK with its Pakistani and Chinese directors. During a meeting, it was discussed that a separate land would be allocated to the CIUK so that they could expand their project as per their need.

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The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi advised the CIUK Pakistani Director Professor Dr Nasiruddin Khan to write a letter to the KU Syndicate to request the allocation of land for the CIUK. Professor Dr Nasiruddin Khan assures to submit an application in this regard in the coming days.

Professor Dr Nasiruddin Khan informed that currently, more than 250 students are learning Chinese at CIUK for different levels and about 3000 at its teaching sites, and expecting a further increase in enrollment in the future.

He mentioned that keeping in mind, CIUK is going to submit a comprehensive proposal for its separate building. According to him, in the first step, the CIUK Pakistani Director will put a request in the University’s syndicate for the piece of land on the campus, and in the next phase, the KU will seek help from the Higher Education Commission for a grant. He mentioned that some other organizations are also ready to help in this regard.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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