Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi inaugurated the Miyawaki Forest Settlement Project at New Campus. The inaugural ceremony was attended by the Registrar Raja Shahid Javed, RO-I Col (R) Umar Khalid, RO-II Jalil Tariq, Director of Students Affairs Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, officers and students.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Asghar Zaidi said that the process of planting thousands of saplings on 2 acres of land behind the Vice Chancellor’s house had been launched. He said that PU administration was engaging its students in positive activities. He said that fruit trees were also being planted in Miyawaki forest.

He said that Miyawaki forest was a reservoir of oxygen. He said that the project had also been aimed at providing a new home for birds. He said that the university was going to provide an environment-friendly atmosphere to students, teachers and employees.

Besides this, a new mechanism for garbage disposal has been introduced in Punjab University, for which the administration has assigned the task to a private company for Rs 40,000/ per month. In this regard, a ceremony was organized outside the VC office in which PU VC Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, Registrar Raja Shahid Javed, RO-II Jalil Tariq, RO-I Col (R) Umar Khalid and others participated.

In his address, Dr Asghar Zaidi said that PU would be able to save a handsome amount in terms of garbage disposal and this mechanism would also help janitorial staff in their duties. He said that the private company would collect the garbage from different places twice a day, seven days a week. He said that earlier the university staff had to deliver the garbage bags themselves.

He said that trolleys and diesel worth millions of rupees were used annually for daily delivery of garbage to the dumping site. He said that these resources would now be used for other works. He said that work has been started to improve the environment of PU further and this mechanism would be operated on a trial basis for a period of two months.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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