Prof Dr Zahid Anwar, Director China Study Center, University of Peshawar travelled to Islamabad and held a meeting with Dr Safdar Ali Shah, Director General CPEC- Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) today on 25th June 2021. A tough competition took place among the Universities of Pakistan for HEC-CPEC funding for the establishment and strengthening of China Study Centers. Keeping in view the performance of China Study Centers of all Universities throughout Pakistan only 6 Universities won the competition for funding including China Study Center, University of Peshawar. The funding will be provided for purchase of study material and hiring of core staff for the center for three years. Prof Dr Zahid Anwar thanked the DG-CPEC at HEC for the trust and support and assured Dr Safdar Ali Shah that the funding will be utilized for achieving the targets given in the guidelines in given time.
Dr Safdar Ali Shah while talking about promoting tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa highlighted the significance of archaeological sites in the province for tourists from China and other countries and then the Director China Study Center apprised him about the measures taken in the wake of the trilateral protocol recently signed among Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and the MOU signed between Northwest University, Xian, China and University of Peshawar in 2017 for strengthening cooperation in cultural heritage protection and preservation. Students and faculty exchange, joint research projects and online lectures will be arranged under the agreement. The Director General-CPEC, HEC praised the aforementioned efforts of the Center. On the occasion, Dr Safdar Ali Shah gave his book (Fun-i-Zarb-o-Harb) Urdu translation of a Chinese classic book, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu published by Pakistan Book foundation. Prof Zahid Anwar appreciated the selfless efforts of Lt. Gen ® Muhammad Asghar and Dr Safdar Ali for promoting Pakistan-China academic collaboration under CPEC.