Karachi: Karachi University here Thursday observed a Plantation Day accompanied by a fire fighting drill. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor – Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser said: “Urbanization, farming, overgrazing, global warming, and tourism development have resulted in a significant decrease in forest round the globe, especially in Pakistan, where the total forest area coverage has shrunk to 3percent.”
He said this deforestation results in modification of climate of an area mostly leading to desertification and aridity that eventually causes economic failure in different respects. The Plantation Day was organized to mark the International Forest Day. Chairman – Department of Public Administration – Prof. Dr. Khalid Iraqi informed that approximately 2000 saplings have been planted by the students of DPA which will add in the beautification of campus by making it greener. The “go green” campaign of DPA students was accompanied by an awareness walk in which the volunteers provided easy tips for keeping the University clean and green. Keeping in view the need of the day, the department also organized a fire fighting drill in order to cope with any unlikely incident.
Dr. Qaiser applauded the initiative and remarked that such initiatives are mandatory in the current law and order situation of Pakistan. Dean Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences- Prof. Dr. Abuzar Wajidi, Students’ Advisor – Prof. Dr. Ansar Rizwi, Member Syndicate – Ghazal Khwaja, President KUTS – Prof. Dr. Mutahir Ahmed and other faculty members were present.