Islamabad August 31, 2018 - In continuation of its efforts to promote green environment,
National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) kick-started a tree
plantation drive here on Friday. The newly admitted batch of students was
engaged to plant over 1000 tree saplings of various species, as part of their
Orientation Week that coincided with the plantation drive. The purpose was to engrain in them the urge
to conserve green environment. Overall, more than 5000 trees are to be planted
during the one-month-long campaign.
its launch in 2008 to date, NUST Islamabad campus has developed from wilderness
to splendour. In conjunction with developing it into a tailor-made
state-of-the-art campus catering to the 21st century teaching and
research needs, the university’s horticulture department has paid special
attention to harnessing the natural landscape that cannot but inspire praise of
anyone coming to witness its magnificence.
It all started in 2008 with the cultivation
of area alongside
Aligarh Avenue (starting from Gate-1
near Kashmir Highway) in which the faculty, staff and students from
NUST schools and even
military colleges participated. Sooner than later,
there began the construction
of NUST schools and hostels. The challenges the horticulture team faced initially had been mammoth. For instance,
the land they had to
work on was barren and infertile together with scarce
Nevertheless, the determination on the part of workforce
was proverbial. In order to fulfill the water requirement, a couple of water reservoirs were created out of the naturally
channels. For this purpose, large stones excavated
from across the campus were used as water stoppages.
The horticulture team showed both prudence and diligence in their work. During 2008-9, they
allocated a fund of Rs
26 Million for the development
of 12 acres of land in the light of PC-1.
However, they not only used the same budget for the development of 75 acres of
land, but also saved some money that was later spent on the development of playgrounds
around the campus.
Over the years, the horticulture team has transformed the map of NUST
with their untiring efforts.
They have beautified schools, hostels and cafeterias. They have embellished the grounds, parking areas, viewpoints and roads of
2010-11, the staff cultivated about 80.1 acres of land and
planted 6000 tree saplings. The figure rose to 105 and 134
acres in 2012 and 2013, respectively. While
in 2014, 142 acres of land
were beautified with 22000 trees.
In 2015, about 9 acres
of barren land was planted with 2000 plants. The
areas cultivated during the year included
beautification of School of Social Sciences and Humanities
(S3H), Viewpoint-1 & 2, Squash court,
plot besides Institute of Environmental Science & Engineering, grid station, Bhitai faculty mess and FWO
now male faculty block. In year 2017 & 2018, horticulture branch has
focused to do more plantation at the barren ridges on the campus by engaging
more and more students and faculty. As of today, the campus is green with over
73,000 trees and countless shrubs and vines.
During the spring plantation drive only, over 7000 Potohar friendly
trees were planted, including Shisham, Shirin, Pilkhan, Sukhchain, Arjun
approximately 10,000 saplings of different species were planted between July
and August 2018 to utilise maximum rainfall. Lately, the university has also
introduced the seed ball concept of indigenous plant species. In 2018, over
10,000 seed balls have been planted out of the total 34,000 new trees planted on the
a premier national university, NUST has aligned its green efforts with the
government’s policy to overcome environmental pollution, and has been striving
to play its part in raising awareness among the masses through various
initiatives. Keeping in view its efforts
towards environment friendly university management, NUST intends participating
in Indonesian UI Green Metric University Rankings this year. The ranking provides
the result of online survey regarding the current condition and policies
related to Green Campus and Sustainability in the Universities all over the