At the eve of the International Youth Day, the University of Okara organized a seminar where the students of various departments were sensitized on active citizenship, civic responsibility and personal development. The seminar was followed by a rally and plantation.

In order to engage the students in different co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, a Green Youth Movement Club (GYMC) was also formed. The UO Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, the Chairman Faculty of Life Sciences, Dr Muhammad Wajid, and the Chairman Department of Chemistry, Dr Ghulam Mustafa, addressed to the students and urged them to actively participate in the GYMC activities.

Expressing his views about Pakistan’s huge youth bulge, the VC said, “We have more than 64 percent population under the age of 30 and they have great potential for social and economic change. I urge you to realize your responsibility and skills and work hard for your personal and professional development that will eventually lead to national development.”

Dr Wajid quoted the great Asian poet, Allama Iqbal, with his message of youth leadership and motivated the students to develop themselves as leaders and game changers.

Highlighting the objectives of the GYMC, Dr Mustafa told that this club was aimed at sensitizing the students to work for environmental conservation and eco-friendly behavior among masses, promote research and eco-innovation, build academia-industry linkages and equip students with market oriented skills and knowledge.

The participants of the seminar rallied to the Main Academic Block and also planted various trees as part of the Government of Pakistan’s Green & Clean Pakistan Campaign.

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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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