ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has begun Spring Plantation at the University under the banner of the ‘Plant for Pakistan’ drive.
The Chairman Department of Agricultural Sciences at the AIOU Professor Dr. Shair Muhammad said that the AIOU is exclusively focusing on achieving the government’s objective of a green and pollution-free Pakistan by planting 400,000 saplings and 5,000 rose plants of 10 different varieties’.
Professor Dr. Shair Muhammad further added that on the directives of the Vice-Chancellor (VC) AIOU Professor Dr. Zia Ul -Qayyum, special efforts are being made to enhance the breathtaking natural and scenic beauty of the University with colorful and fragrant flowers of different varieties.
Owing to these efforts, the University has been ranked in the top 500 green Universities of the world.
Moreover, the University has maintained its record of winning the first position in the exhibition of chrysanthemum which is held every year in the beautiful Capital City of Islamabad.
It is pertinent to mention here that all these 400,000 saplings have been grown in the University’s nursery. However, rose plants have been imported which include all famous rose varieties of the world.
The University gardeners are primarily responsible for taking care of these plantation drives.
Moreover, the University has initiated three projects of groundwater recharge which will conserve rainwater as well as increase the level of groundwater.
These projects are in the final stage of completion with the collaboration of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR).