The purview covered various fields of fields of activities and the academic realm was no exception.
In this respect, the province of Sindh did not lag behind. A Confucious Institute was established at the University of Karachi in 2013 as part of collaboration with Sichnan University.
Confucious was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of the Chinese history.
At Karachi University this Institute is offering certificate programmes in Chinese language and culture accredited by the Hanbem headquarters China.
A Dean of Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Khalid Iraqi, informed that the Confucious Institute here has two directors- one from China and the other is from Pakistan whereas six instructors have come from China.
He said that in a major move, Karachi University has introduced Chinese language as a subsidiary subject at the undergraduate level and the enrollment at present is 22 students which has been termed as a good beginning.
The Director of the Confucious Institute at the University of Karachi, Moin Siddiqui, informed that certificate courses of various levels- I, II, III and IV, are being offered, The duration is four months and the current enrollment is 375 students.
Siddiqui said that the University of Karachi has introduced from January this year, Chinese language as a subsidiary subject for its Honours programme and currently 22 students are studying.
He stated that the Confucious Institute of Karachi University is also offering its services for conducting Chinese classes in other academic institutions in the metropolis.
Siddiqui informed that two classes each are being run at the Preston University and the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
The number of students enrolled at Preston University is 75 whereas that at the IBA Karachi is 55.
Chinese classes at the Latif Ibrahim Jamal (LEJ), University of Karachi, have been planned and these would be started by July this year.