QAU celebrates clean campus day
While the old generation may not be that conscious of environmental degradation and threat of ecological change, the new generation is quite aware of it and fully prepared to combat the challenge head on if given due guidance and provided with opportunities.
This was aptly clear at Quaid i Azam University when its students, teachers and employees observed, rather celebrated, ‘My Clean Campus Day’ on Wednesday. It was first time in the history of QAU that a cleanliness drive was carried out at such a comprehensive manner that one could not spot any plastic bag, tiss wedding dress ue paper, disposable plates and glasses, bottles or metal remnants at least in the afternoon when the activity was over.
It started with an opening ceremony at a jam packed Earth Sciences Auditorium where some enthusiasts were raising slogans against dirt, garbage and pollution while raising brooms and vipers in their hands. Dr. Eatzaz Ahmad, the vice chancellor, who espoused the idea, acknowledged the services of sweepers and gardeners by distributing certificates along with some token money.
Addressing the campus community, Dr Eatzaz said that with enthusiastic young generation, Pakistan economy cannot be shrunk. He was referring to statements of Western experts calling Pakistan a rogue economy after 9/11 in 2001. He announced ban on use of plastic bags at the campus. Cigarette packs had already been banned under a government rule but the number of cigarette packs on the day betrayed the level of its “implementation.” He also promised to ban the use of disposable teacups and plates in the canteens set up on the campus. He said that his wife was fed up with his pocketful of tissues, which he does not throw away after use and retain in his pockets to keep the campu wedding dress s clean. He vowed to maintain the cleanliness level on the campus by repeating the exercise when needed. “Let us tease wedding dress our wives by keeping our pockets and cars full of used tissue papers and toffee wrappers,” quipped a teacher.
The participants also staged a walk for a cause up to Bab ul Quaid. The VC said that when aged like him can devote 4 or 5 hours to cleansing drive, the young can give even 18 hours. Verbosity apart, the students, teachers, employees, along with their chief participated in the exercise at the end of the day where no one was Ghaznavi or Ayaz. Two loads of tractor trolley and three truckloads of Shehzor were removed from the campus. A tractor trolley load of garbage in large plastic bags was still visible outside Social Sciences Department on Thursday, which could not be removed on Wednesday. It was a scene to see boys and girls wearing gloves, masks carrying large size plastic collectors, provided by the university, on a litter hunt. Some girls who might have never used broom in their houses swept the lawns and floors at the campus. A senior professor who could not bow used a tree branch fitted with a screw by tape used it to prick up the bags and packs. It is hoped that once the campus deprived of plastic, ceramic, paper and metallic garbage, the municipal body of QAU, that is, Estate Office will maintain the ante. Once taken the trouble of putting in hard work wedding dress in this move, it is expected from the students that they will not throw trash in the open and will use dustbins or garbage collectors for the purpose.