On Friday, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur’s Institute of Agro-Industry and Environment (IAE) hosted a smog awareness walk and seminar.
Dr. Ehtisham Anwar, Commissioner of the Bahawalpur Division; Prof. Dr. Naveed Akhtar, Vice Chancellor; Prof. Dr. Moazzam Jamil, Registrar; Prof. Dr. Tanveer Hussain Turabi, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment; Dr. Ghulam Hasan Abbasi, Director of IAE; and a sizable group of faculty and students attended the walk, which took place at the Abbasia Campus.
During the event, there was a poster and model-making competition about air pollution and smog. With great enthusiasm, IAE students took part, making models and posters to help the community become more aware of the problem.
Dr. Anwar gave cash prizes to the top three models in recognition of the students’ efforts. Later, the IAE, in partnership with Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), a non-governmental organization that assists impoverished areas in Pakistan, conducted a National Seminar on Environmental Crisis (Smog).
The welcoming speech was given by Prof. Dr. Abbasi, Director of IAE, who also presented the causes, impacts, and mitigation strategies of smog.
He emphasized how seriously smog pollution affects people, animals, and crops. To lessen smog in urban areas, he also underlined the importance of urban forests, green and renewable technologies, and lower local emissions.
He also presented the institute’s findings on the monitoring of air pollution and smog, which included an in-depth analysis of the Bahawalpur Air Quality Index.
According to him, the institute is attempting to determine the chemical makeup of smog and its origins to create practical mitigation techniques.
The organization and its ongoing humanitarian programs were introduced by Saad Saeed, the district coordinator for Bahawalpur, and Muhammad Jodat Kamran, the regional manager of HHRD South Punjab.
The dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Prof. Dr. Turabi, suggested giving different tree seedlings to create urban forests in Bahawalpur’s areas impacted by air pollution.