ISLAMABAD - “Islamabad King Sejong Institute (IKSI) is another milestone to serve the cause of producing skilled human resource which is very essential for sustainable growth and development of any country,” said Chaudhary Ghias Ahmed Mela, State Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Pakistan.

He stated this while addressing the opening ceremony of IKSI at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), as a guest of honour Tuesday. He further said the skill nourishment becomes more vital for the country like Pakistan, as major percentage of its population in the working age; hence the potential of this segment of population needs to be harnessed properly. 

“I am sure that the KSI will serve the cause to a great extent which also help to both countries to a long way to reinforce mutual cooperation and cultural exchange through Korean Language education which is mandatory for employment in Republic of Korea under EPS-TOPIC programme”, he added.

Speaking at the occasion Choong-Joo, Choi, Korean Ambassador to Pakistan, declared the establishment of the King Sejong Institute at NUML a significant achievement in many ways for those who want to empower themselves with language, cultural and thoughts.

Choi said that participation in a programme of this institute would give learners a great opportunity to avail the many scholarships by the Korean Government and Society for promoting cultural and academic ties. “Apart from this, cognitive development, economic opportunities and financial benefits of studying Korean, this programme is an excellent diplomatic initiative. I am happy to see this strengthening of cultural ties and especially people-to-people interaction”, he added.

Moreover, the Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan in his welcome address informed ‘it is our proud privilege that out of 70 Institutes of the world, 14 were got selected for the registration of KSI and NUML is one of them’.

Besides, students of Korean department presented a funny Korean skit presenting that how an individual, who doesn’t know the Korean language, faces difficulties in finding a Korean visa.

Talking to the scribe a student of Korean Diploma Fatima Zahra told that “Language has become a skill and has a currency in this world of competition. The more languages of the world you know, the more opportunities and venues are open for you. I am learning Korean language as I know it will offer me a lot many scholarships for pursuing my higher studies”.

Earlier, the Korean Ambassador unveiled the foundation stone of the institution.

The ceremony was attended by Dr Kim See-Tae, DG Workforce Bureau, HRD Korea, Mun Hyun-Tae Deputy Director Employment Planning Team HRD Korea, Oh, Seong Hoon, Chairman Korea-Pakistan Society and Saeed Ahmed Shaikh, MD Overseas Employment Corporation and a great number of university officials, Heads and Deans and student of the university.