Our objective is to make the University of Okara an environmentally sustainable campus through the plantation of more trees and preservation of the endangered flora and fauna of the region, said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, while addressing a faculty meeting.

He told that the UO had more than 55 acres of lush green lawns and 200 species of plants and trees which add up to both the beauty as well as climate control.

He also encouraged the faculty and staff of the university to extensively participate in the Green and Clean Campaign of the Government of Pakistan. He appealed to the Botany and Environmental Sciences departments to establish a botanical garden for the research purposes of the students and ecological sustainability of the region.

The VC vowed to work for the initiation of certain renewable energy projects at the campus in order to minimize the reliance on hydel and coal energy. He also announced to start new disciplines including medical, engineering and agricultural sciences in near future.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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