China becomes most popular destination for overseas studies in Pakistan

In this file photo, A man walks past New Oriental Education & Technology Group headquarters in Beijing, China. (REUTERS)
Updated 06 May 2018

China becomes most popular destination for overseas studies in Pakistan

  • Domestic efforts combined with the attractiveness of studying in China have changed the mindset of Pakistan’s young generation.
  • Pakistan considers China as one of its closest friends and partners.

BEIJING: China has become the most popular destination for overseas studies in Pakistan as number of Pakistani students has risen from 5,000 to existing 22,000 during the last five years.

The number of Pakistani students studying science and technology, engineering, medical sciences, media studies, and arts in different cities of China has increased manifold along with the progress of energy, communication and infrastructure projects being completed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Chinese government is providing more scholarships to Pakistani students than students of other Asian countries.

Pakistani students belonging to almost all parts of the country are taking advantage of scholarships offered by Chinese government under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according to some educationists here on Sunday.

For a Pakistani student who is studying in Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), the high number of Pakistani students in China is due to the “strong bond” between China and Pakistan.

“Pakistan considers China as one of its closest friends and partners, and China considers Pakistan as its ‘Iron Brother.’”

Pakistani students are not just coming for the affordable education and job prospects but also for general experience and quality of life possible in China’s big cities, Global Times, while quoting an official of the ministry of education, reported.

Domestic efforts combined with the attractiveness of studying in China have changed the mindset of Pakistan’s young generation.

Traditionally, those who could afford it would send their children to the United Kingdom or the United States. But, now, Pakistanis from the upper and lower middle classes are apply for scholarships to study in China.

“The percentage of Pakistani students going to China to study is on the rise, while the percentage of those who seek Western education is lowered,” Syed Junaid Akbar, a Pakistani business school student at North China Electric Power University, said.

According to the statistics by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China, as many as 489,200 students from 204 countries and regions studied in 935 higher institutions across China last year.

The top five source countries were Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and India.

The number of students studying liberal arts subjects remained the highest, accounting for 48.45 percent of the total.

The number of those studying engineering, management, science, art and agriculture increased significantly, with a year-on-year growth of over 20 percent.

Moreover, 58,600 Chinese government scholarship students from 180 countries including Pakistan studied in the country in 2017, accounting for 11.97 percent.


Pakistan begins ‘review and reconsideration’ process in Jadhav case

Updated 18 October 2019

Pakistan begins ‘review and reconsideration’ process in Jadhav case

  • The International Court of Justice asked Islamabad to review the procedure of the trial in July this year
  • Pakistan has already given India consular access to Jadhav in compliance with the world court’s verdict

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has launched a “review and reconsideration process” in the case of an alleged Indian spy, Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, following a verdict by the International Court of Justice in July 2019 that asked the country to reevaluate the entire process of the trial and give India consular access to the prisoner, said Foreign Office Spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal.
The Indian naval officer was arrested in March 2016 from the volatile Baluchistan province during a counter-intelligence operation.
According to Pakistani authorities, Jadhav confessed to his involvement in subversive activities and espionage against the country and admitted that he was working for Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s clandestine spy agency.
Tried by a Field General Court Martial, Jadhav was found guilty and sentenced to death a little more than a year after his arrest in April 2017. However, New Delhi approached the ICJ within a month of his sentence and the world court asked Pakistan to stay his execution pending a final decision.
On Thursday, Dr. Faisal said that Pakistan had begun its internal “review and reconsideration process” regarding the death penalty handed down by the military court, though he declined to give details of the legal procedure.
Talking to Arab News in August this year, a leading international law expert, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, said “the review could be done by the appellant court or the high court in exercise of writ petition or it could also be a special bench.”
He added that Jadhav’s “lawyer should be a Pakistani national because under the Pakistan Bar Council’s rules no foreign lawyer can appear before the Pakistani court.”
His assertion was also substantiated by another lawyer, Yasser Hamdani, who noted that “the ICJ verdict makes it very clear that a civilian court will be a necessity in the matter.”
However, he maintained it was not clear how the review process would work since a decision of the military court could not be taken up by the superior civilian judiciary under the Army Act.
“Ultimately, Pakistan will have to constitute a special tribunal by making another law,” Hamdani said.