Div Com presides Earth Day celebrations at IUST

Awantipora, April 22, KNT: To commemorate the Earth Day Celebrations and to create an awareness about environmental protection, a Seminar, and day-long event was organized at the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in which Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Pandurang K. Pole was the Chief Guest. The event was co-organized by Dean of Students Office and Mantaqi Centre for Science and Society IUST.

While addressing the gathering, Divisional Commissioner deliberated upon various environmental issues such as visual pollution, rejuvenation of water bodies, aesthetics of physical infrastructure, and natural resource management in Kashmir. He gave a detailed account of the government initiatives aimed at the protection and conservation of the environment and called on the youth to partner in developing a sustainable future.

Vice-Chancellor, IUST Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, in his presidential address, emphasized the need for creating environmental consciousness among the general public, particularly the youth. He said that every one of us has to be grateful for everything that mother earth has to offer.

“We have to be accountable and invest in our planet for a safe and sustainable future and people must advocate action for the protection of the environment and for minimizing climate change impacts,” Prof. Romshoo added.

Reputed Environmentalist Ms. Sumaira Abdul Ali, as per news agency KNT delivered an online lecture and highlighted the destructive impact of sand mining and noise pollution which are often ignored and stressed upon the need to highlight their adverse impacts on ecology and human health respectively.

Dean Academic Affairs IUST Prof Manzoor A. Malik, presented the concluding remarks and talked about the global nature of the world wherein action in one part of the world has impacts elsewhere. A Painting Competition on the theme “Preservation of Earth” and a campus cleanliness drive was also held on the sidelines of the event and prizes were also distributed among the students by Registrar IUST Prof. Naseer Iqbal.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Director Mantaqui Centre for Science and Society Prof. Peerzada Muhammad Amin and the welcome address was delivered by Dean Students, IUST Dr. Anisa Jan. The event was jointly coordinated by Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Qureshi, Dr. Asifa M. Baba, Ms. Isma Hamid. (KNT)

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