MULTAN – US Consul General to Lahore Colleen Crenwelge gave away certificates to 75 students who participated in English language skills programme “English Works” here on Tuesday.

The programme aimed at improving job-related language ability, develop public speaking and leadership skills.

The six-month language course was funded by the U.S government to Education for Skills Development Association (ESDA) at Bahauddin Zakariya University.

In Punjab, the United States has supported the participation of 5,675 students in English Works and English Access programmes.

Crenwelge while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony lauded students for successfully achieving the language skills. She said that students linguistic and leadership skills had improved remarkably.

She said that “English Works” was one of the best programmes of the United States, not only in Pakistan but also across the world. The language programme was a long-standing partnership between both friendly countries, the USA and Pakistan, she observed.

She also thanked teachers and others for their remarkable contribution to equipping students with English language skills.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Tariq Mehmood Ansari also spoke and thanked the United States for providing an opportunity for students to improve their language skills.

He said that the programme would facilitate students in many ways, including personality development, creation of leadership qualities, entrepreneurship etc.

CEO ESDA Hammad Haseeb, US Consul Official Elizabeth Lee, Muhammad Iqbal, Haider Hassan, Professor Dr Akhtar Saeed, Dr Naveed and many others were also present in the ceremony.