As many as sixty thousand saplings were to be planted in this years spring plantation drive within University of Peshawar. This was stated by Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan at the closing day of the week long spring plantation drive at University Model School on Friday.
Prof Rasul Jan said University of Peshawar was known for its lush green grasses and beautiful trees alongside roads, faculty buildings, hostels and residences of the employees. He added every effort would be made to ensure and improve upon the outlook of greater campus, whose temperature was lower by at least one degree Celsius than outside.
A one-day science and arts exhibition was also held by senior students of University Model School. The arts fair included display of flower arrangement in Japanese art Ikebana. The vice chancellor visited both the exhibitions and was impressed by the creative work of the students. He appreciated the science models comprising wind mills, earth quake magnitude readers etc. Students presented floral display, skits and physical training performances in connection with the spring season of the country in a ceremony.
In her welcome address Principal UMS Javeda Khalid described the spring drive at the school as a move to inculcate the care of nature amongst the students. She added the school students often make it to professional colleges of the province and have topped ETA tests held in the past two years. A well equipped day care centre was established to take look after the working mothers of University of Peshawar, she added.
Registrar Dr Syed Fazl-I-Hadi, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof Dr Farooq Swati, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Naeem-ur-Rehman Khattak, faculty members, staff and students attended the ceremony.
Meanwhile, vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan directed all the faculty members of the Higher Education Interim Placement of Fresh Ph. Ds (IPFP) and Faculty Development Programme (FDP) to submit at least one research project proposal to the planning and development section UoP within fifteen days for further submission to the relevant bodies.
This he said on Friday while chairing a meeting of the twenty four member IPFP and FDP faculty members of University of Peshawar.
He said the nation had spent a lot of money on the faculty by providing them with excellent higher qualification at the world renowned Universities of the World. Now It’s time to pay it back to the motherland and University of Peshawar by coming up with ideas that could be of public benefit in the long run and at the same time improve the overall ranking of the University, he added.
Dr Jan told the faculty members that the relevant funding bodies like Pakistan Science Foundation, Higher Education Commission, Directorate of Science and Technology etc were on the outlook for such projects and were willing to invest in it. They had pinned high hopes on faculty and the students and general public should benefit from the academic experience they had got, he added.
The vice chancellor said no excuse in the proposal writing would be acceptable adding that he was available all the time to remove the bottle necks or any technical support required for the same. He informed the members that Pakistan Science Foundation was ready to invest an amount of Rs2million at least for the proposed projects, while around Rs6million was provided for each by the HEC. He ensured the faculty that their genuine requirements would be met. Research writing was in fact a long-term benefit from them as well, he said. The IPFP and FDP teachers assured the vice chancellor of abiding by the directives and utilize the shared research tools available in the laboratories within the university for it.