SRINAGAR: Kashmir University’s National Service Scheme (NSS) on Thursday launched a plantation drive at the varsity’s campus here.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi emphasised the importance of biodiversity and called upon students to participate in protection of environment at their individual levels.
Launching the drive, Prof Andrabi called for protection of environment and conservation of natural resources. “Everyone has to contribute towards this end at their individual levels,” he said.
He said there is a renewed focus on importance of biodiversity in the world today and institutions like the University of Kashmir have to take a lead in raising awareness about our rich flora and fauna and the pressing need to conserve it.
Prof Andrabi planted some ornamental plant saplings near the Arts Block lawns at the campus.
NSS Coordinator Prof Neelofar Khan and Programme Coordinator Tariq Abdullah highlighted the aims and objectives of the drive. They said similar plantation drives would be held in University’s South and North campuses, while plant saplings provided by Rahim Greens would also be send to colleges and higher secondary institutions.
Chairman of Rahim Greens Abdul Hamid highlighted the importance of volunteerism for environment protection. Noted poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef advised the students to safeguard nature so that the future generation remembers them with pride.