University of Okara plants 1,000 trees at Changa Manga Forest Park on Plant 4 Pakistan Day
Forests, plantation pivotal to human survival: Dr. Zakria Zakar
The University of Okara planted around 1,000 trees at Changa Manga Forest Park on Plant 4 Pakistan Day, a massive plantation drive by the Government of Pakistan as part of the Billion Tree Tsunami. The plants were engrained on a total of one-acre area in collaboration with the District Forest Department and The Educationist, Pakistan’s prime education monthly.
The UO’s plantation event was started with an opening ceremony where Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar was represented UO Director Horticulture Dr Faheem Arshad and Public Relations Officer Sharjeel Ahmad. The event was organized by The Rejoicers’ Club, the university’s student society, in collaboration with the Directorate of Horticulture and the Public Relations Department. More than 120 students from various UO departments participated in the event.
In a special message on this occasion, Dr. Zakria Zakar said: “Trees contribute to the cleanliness of atmosphere along with maintaining balance of the eco-system. We need to focus on the forestry in order to ensure the survival of the future generations. The global climate change is takings its toll on Pakistan as well and the only solution rests in more greenery and more trees.”
The University’s Director Horticulture, Dr. Faheem Arshad, said that the deforestation in Pakistan during the last decade ruined the equilibrium of the eco-system and it needed to be controlled at any cost.
After the opening ceremony, the students spread in more than one acre land in various groups and every students planted one or more trees. Over 15 gardeners of the university and an equal number of gardeners for change manga were present there to support and guide the students.
Later, the students were taken to a trip to jungle through a tram. They also enjoyed boating in the forest lake.