Rawalpindi - A seven-member group of students would depart for China tomorrow to attend a one-year Chinese language learning course.

The language course programme would be fully funded by Punjab government, informed Prof Humayun Iqbal, focal person of Pak-China Language Course Exchange Programme and director colleges, while talking to The Nation here yesterday.

He said that it is the first program of its kind between the two friendly countries and is an example of the long-term commitment by the Chinese government to the education of Pakistanis and for increasing mutual understanding between the both countries.

“Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has taken special initiative for the students by sending them to China for learning Chinese language that too on expenditures of Punjab government,” Prof Humayun said adding that the government would continue this programme in future so that more students could get opportunities of learning Chinese language.

He said that out of seven, four students belonged to Rawalpindi division who after learning Chinese language would play the role of bridge between Pakistan and China.

He informed that the pre-departure orientation for the student group would be held in Lahore from where the students would fly for China from Allama Iqbal International Airport tomorrow (Thursday).