There is a famous quote, “To acquire knowledge one must go to China if necessary.” But now one needs not to travel China because Confucius Institute Headquarters Hanban in partnership with Sichuan Normal University had established Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi.
CI is here for you to learn high class Chinese language in just four thousand rupees per semester. Now level-2 classes have successfully been started besides level-1 with over one hundred enrolments. This year CI had celebrated its 10th anniversary globally on 27th of September 2014 but in KU it was organized on 2nd of October 2014 due to the unsatisfied situation locally.
Honorable Ma Ya’ou Lao Shi, Counsel General, Chinese Consulate Karachi was the chief guest while Prof. Dr. Mohammad Qaiser was presiding the ceremony. The function started almost quarter an hour late without chief guest in the Arts Auditorium KU. School children sang different poems accompanied by piano which was a sweet treat for the audience before commencing the ceremony officially. The directors of the institute Prof. Dr. Mansoor Ahmed and Prof. Huang Guiping were delighted as they were ripping the fruit of one year hard labor.
Guiping Lao Shi played two documentaries; “Value in Harmony” was a very inspiring one; shooted from the eyes of a foreign traveler who was visiting China and CIs particularly. It displayed how CIs played a vital role in spreading Chinese culture and teaching Chinese language throughout the world not only in the US and European countries but in African world too.
The second documentary was a pictorial one showed the establishment of CI in KU, the journey started on 29th of November 2013 in the Governor House. Currently, there are almost 465 CIs in 124 countries around the globe and 124 CIs only in the US. The number shows that how western countries understand the importance of learning Chinese language because China rules almost 90% of the world’s economy. A Chinese proverb says,
“If you want one year of prosperity, plant corn. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, educate people.” It is the time for Pakistanis to open their eyes and realize the need of learning not only European but also Oriental languages especially Chinese.
However, the chief guest Ma Ya’ou Lao Shi arrived at 11:20 am. After his arrival Tha’an Lao Shi, Mrs. Tan and students of level-2 sang Chinese songs; it was so enjoyable for us to see our seniors. Most of them were elderly otherwise they would sing in a more lively way; however, the efforts were appreciable. Tan Lao Shi played flute in a typical Chinese manner and received a loud applause. Moreover, students read ancient Chinese poems expressing emotions and also presented speeches in Chinese.
After these performances, honorable guests delivered their speeches. The director of CI at KU Guiping Lao Shi and Prof. Dr. Mansoor Ahmed presented the welcome notes. VC said that the Indus and Chinese civilizations flourished side by side and hence they have a unique status not only in the region but around the globe today. The Consul General said that after watching such lively performances he was remembering his student life. He said that this year China is celebrating 2,565th anniversary of philosopher Confucius. CI, KU and Sichuan Normal University are promoting language and culture in the region.
Additionally, he expressed his strong gratitude towards KU and wished for better future of Pak-Sino friendship. After speeches; certificates, gold-medals and scholarships were distributed among the successful students. Almost sixty students had passed level-1 examination in morning, evening and online sessions respectively. Those stood first received US$ 800 each, second US $ 500 each and third US $ 100 each. Most important aspect was that no student had gone bare handed. It was for their encouragement to join next levels but also for us to take interest in the language and for others to join the course. Before a short tea-break shields were also presented to the chief guest, VC, registrar, directors and professors of the institute while teachers Wang Yu Qing Lao Shi and Li Fu Jun Lao Shi received gold-medals and certificates.
After the interval, function resumes in a friendlier atmosphere as the honorable guests had gone. Prof. Tha’an and his students presented a Chinese class room skit; others sang Chinese songs dedicated to Prof. Tha’an and Mr. Li. Meanwhile, a slide-show of the summer camp students, visited China was a fresh breeze; all of us had desperately waiting for our turn.
In the end, summer camp students along with the directors and staff of the CI sang the famous
“Pak–Cheen dosti wang woye”,
and National Anthems of Pakistan and China; than the lunch was served.
Hence, it was a small but decent ceremony. Hopefully in the next few years we will able to celebrate CI anniversaries in a grandeur way with high class Chinese performances by Pakistani students.
Now let us enjoy this melody today.