Governor Punjab Engr Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rahman has appreciated the efforts of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) in the context of climate change, sustainability and conservation in the All-Punjab Vice Chancellor Conference.

Addressing at the opening ceremony of the conference jointly organized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), University of Education (UE) Lahore and Kohsar University Murree (KUM), Governor Punjab said that the Islamia University of Bahawalpur has established an Inter-University Consortium for Environment which is a commendable move.

Addressing the conference, Vice-Chancellor Engr Prof Dr Athar Mahboob said that IUB has established the first Inter-University Consortium on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Conservation. He said that climate change is affecting human beings which is not under the control of a single person or an institution. Climate change awareness cannot be achieved unless we all work together on it. We have to look at how much the climate has changed due to industrial development over the years and is now affecting the climate very rapidly because of the combination of gases that are adversely affecting the climate.

Due to which the temperature of the earth is increasing. The industry in Pakistan is not yet like that of developed countries like India, China, Europe and other countries which are affecting the environment more but its effects are also affecting us. That is why the intra-university consortium was changed into an inter-university consortium which includes more than 50 universities and when Governor Punjab Engr Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rahman was briefed in this regard, he also agreed to continue this program with full force and provided a platform where experts from all over the world are working on it.

The Vice-Chancellor said that currently 125 degree programs at BS level are going on in the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, in which Agriculture, Environmental Sciences are also taught. Also, MS Climate Change has been started as our region is getting more affected by climate change. We established the Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies, a department that will conduct research on climate change in Cholistan. An Environment Society has been established in the University which organizes environmental awareness seminars and programs in the University. A 3 MW solar power park has been set up in the university which helps to meet the energy needs of the university and is a major source of renewable energy.

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