Punjab govt allocates Rs2.28 bln for foreign languages programme: minister


Provincial Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said that a total of Rs2.28 billion have been allocated by the Punjab government for foreign languages programme.

Under this programme, 500 students would be sent abroad for learning international languages, including Chinese and Turkish. The purpose of this beneficial programme is to develop a pool of foreign languages experts to reap maximum benefits of future economic prospects of the CPEC related investments.

He said this while addressing the ceremony held in honour of students going to China for learning the Chinese language at 18-H Model Town. The students would study the Chinese language under a Punjab government funded programme for two years there. He said that Punjab government has introduced institutional reforms to prepare the students for reaping the benefits in wake of CPEC project. For this purpose, a merit-based programme has been introduced to help the students.

“We don’t want our students ending up as educated but jobless individuals,” he added. He observed that CPEC project carries numerous vital benefits for the country and the Punjab has already started taking solid steps to fully explore the options.

Punjab government spokesman Muhammad Ahmad Khan and Consul General of China Long Dingbing also addressed the function.