ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain chaired a meeting to resolve the issues of Pakistani students studying in China.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), and the Aviation Division.
During the meeting, the minister said that we have to put top priority on resolving the issue of Pakistani students who are enrolled in Chinese Institutes.
The education minister was apprised in the meeting that all formal approvals for a charter flight have been gained from the government of China and a special charter flight of PIA will fly on June 7 to take Pakistani students to Xian, China. The flight will take approximately 150 students back to China, contingent on the issue of Chinese visas to Pakistani students.
Rana Tanveer said that the students are our children and emphasized on the importance of supporting the youth of the Country. He said that the students are an asset for the Country.
On the direction of the federal minister, the forum was informed that the ticket prices have been highly subsidized so that they are affordable for the students.
The minister was informed that 112 student visas have been issued to the Pakistani students while 17 visas are still pending.
Rana Tanveer directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the ensure facilitation of Pakistani students with respect to their visas.
The federal minister for education and professional training said that the issues of Pakistani students are of utmost importance and reiterated his resolve to ensure that the concerns of the Pakistani students will be addressed on a priority basis.
The minister directed the forum to ensure speedy execution so that the loss of education of Pakistani students can be minimized on an emergency basis.