KARACHI - The education and literacy secretary on Saturday announced that the government had decided to teach Chinese as a subject to students of public and private schools for which training centres at different universities would be set up.

Briefing about the project, Education and Literacy Secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon said that the authorities concerned would set Confucius Institutions in various universities of Karachi and Hyderabad to train the teachers.

The centres will be set up with special cooperation of the Chinese government. He said that proposal was sent to Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in which the names of universities had been suggested. The universities include Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Lyari University, Karachi University, University of Sindh Jamshoro and Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur. Siddique Memon said that the policy had been approved by the chief minister according to which Chinese would be taught as a subject from class VI to XII in all public and private institutions. Under this program initially 200 teachers will be trained.

Meanwhile, Zahid Saeed has been elected unopposed as the Vice-Chairman of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (PPMA) for the term 2011-2012. Saeed was also former PPM Chairman and Indus Pharma (Pvt) Ltd Managing Director.