Against the backdrop of worsening
water crisis in Pakistan and prompted by the potential threat of turning into a
water scarce country, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST)
has embarked on a robust countrywide campaign to raise awareness on water
conservation among the general masses. As the saying goes, “charity begins at
home,” NUST kicked off the massive campaign, starting with an intra NUST drive,
wherein students, faculty and staff were educated about the imminent threats of
water scarcity and the urgency both for individual and collective efforts to
convert this disastrous situation into an opportunity. In his message to NUST
students, faculty and staff, Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd), Rector NUST,
stressed the need for spreading the word to their respective neighbourhoods,
asking people to economise on water from its household to commercial usage.
NUST has already advanced to the
second tier of its campaign, which aims to awake common people to the looming
water crisis. In this context, NUST organised a “Water Conservation Walk” in
Islamabad on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, which started from 9th Avenue signal on the
Jinnah Avenue and culminated near main F-10 roundabout. An overwhelming number
of students, faculty and people from different walks of life participated in
the water friendly walk. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with
"Pani bachana hamara qoumi fareeza hai!" (water conservation is our
national duty), "Pani k istemal or zian mein farq janiay!"
(Understand the difference between use & misuse of water), etc. Water
Awareness Stalls were installed at various frequently visited spots in
Islamabad, including Blue Area, F-7 and F-10 Markaz.
It is worth mentioning that NUST
aims to further the on-going campaign by reaching out to at least 100 schools
in the twin cities; placing awareness stalls at different public places;
distributing flyers and other pertinent literature on water conservation in
extended door-to-door drives.