Aligarh: Various Departments, Schools and Centers of Aligarh Muslim University continued World Environment Day related programs including sapling plantation, awareness lectures and competitive programmes.
Saplings were planted by the resident members and wardens of Hadi Hasan Hall under the leadership of Prof. Ghulam Sarwar Hashmi. Different types of plants like aro, chikoo, neem, naspati etc. were planted around the hall.
Department of Lands and Gardens has initiated steps to increase composting facility for dry leaves in the university premises. During the leaf-shedding period from February to April, it made great arrangements to collect and dispose of fallen leaves. It takes about six months for the discarded leaves to turn into leaf mold, which is used to enrich soil and potted plants. Every year the department prepares 10 tonnes of leaf mold and this year it will be doubled.
The chief guest at the awareness program held at the post-harvest department of engineering and technology was the Dean of Students Welfare (DSW) Prof. Abdul Alim appealed to the students to plant at least one sapling and contribute to the green shield of the university. .
Special guest Raees Ahmad, Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. He stated the importance of three forms of reduce, reuse and recycle for sustainable living and development.
The guests also participated in the plantation yajna.
At Maulana Azad Library, University Librarian Prof. Nishat Fatima took the pledge to create awareness among people for environmental protection. She also led a team of library officials to plant saplings in the lawn of Maulana Azad Library.
Department of Electrical Engineering in collaboration with Center of Green and Renewable Energy, AMU and IET-Delhi Local Network organized a youth meet on Mission Life and Sustainability. An Ideas workshop on campus conservation activities was also held on the occasion of the day.
Pradeep Chaturvedi, Vice President, World Environment Foundation and Institute of Directors India, delivered an expert lecture on “Growth through Low Carbon Technology”.
KA Nizami Center for Qur’anic Studies organized several programs in connection with World Environment Day. Prof. Wasahat Hussain, former chairperson of the Department of Botany, gave a lecture describing the various plants mentioned in the Quran. He also discussed the nutritional value of various fruits and later visited the “Quran Garden” developed by the Center and planted saplings with students and faculty members.
Dr. UGC-HRDC Director on “Five Pillars of Eco-Islam”. Faiza Abbasi gave an online lecture.
In connection with this, a slogan writing competition was also organized on the topic “How the teachings of Quran can save the environment”.
Besides, teachers and students took environmental pledge in various schools and centers including AMU centers in Malappuram, Kerala, Kishanganj, Bihar and Murshidabad in West Bengal and Begum Azizun Nisa Hall.