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May 14, 2016

Koreans happy for being Ravians


May 14, 2016


Government College University (GCU) organised a certificate distribution and farewell ceremony for a group of students from South Korea, who completed Urdu language and literature course from the university.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah conferred the certificates on the group of five foreign students comprising Kim You Jin, Hangeul, Ryu, Song Eun Hee, Lee Haeun and Jung Yo Han. GCU Dean Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed and Urdu Department Chairman Prof Dr Haroon Qadir were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the South Korean students said they had become fond of Pakistani culture and people who were totally different from their perception abroad. 

“Dupatta” is the most beautiful part of the female's cultural dress, while “Biryani” is the most awesome food here, said Korean students while addressing their farewell organised by the GCU’s Urdu Department and Controller of Examinations. 

Talking to the Vice-Chancellor, the Korean students said their six-month stay at GCU was the most memorable and cherished period of their life. “We are happy that we are Ravians now as are the Prime Minister and Army Chief of the country,” they said.

They termed Pakistan a lucky country, saying they had most beautiful natural landscapes in the world especially in the hilly areas. The female students said besides Urdu, they had also learned to cook Biryani; which was also an amazing part of their visit.

The foreign student said they were taking back home a lot of “Biryani Masalas” and traditional clothes for their families and friends.

Kim You Jin said Urdu was a difficult language to learn, and their teachers especially Dr Khalid Sanjrani had to work real hard on them, so that they could pass the certificate course. However, she said, the Pakistani music and on campus communication with friends also helped them in learning Urdu. 

In reply to a question, they said “Mirza Ghalib” and “Allama Muhammad Iqbal were their favourite poets. In a lighter mood, they also said, they have a little resentment that often Pakistanis perceive them as Chinese. However, we are quite different from them, they said. 

Vice-Chancellor Prof Shah said it was really encouraging that the foreign students were now coming to Pakistani universities for studies. He said they provided every possible support and facility to Koreans students.

He said earlier a group of Japanese students had also completed Urdu course from GCU. He said the interest of foreigners in Urdu language was increasing. He said Urdu was one of the biggest languages that were spoken all across the world. 

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