LAHORE - The Botanic Garden of Government College University has turned 102. The university’s Botany Department Thursday celebrated the anniversary with a plantation drive which was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman at the seven-acre botanic garden which houses more than 700 species including flora, alstonia, milletia, ficus, ehretia and cycas. GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Professor Rafi Chair Dr Zakria Butt, Registrar Dr Akhyar Farrukh, Department of Botany Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmeen Butt, Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and heads of various academic also planted saplings at the Botanic Garden. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that the Botanic Garden was handed over to Government College University, Lahore in 1912 and since the Botanic Department had been looking after it very appropriately and providing students a perfect atmosphere for research in Botany. He said Botanic Gardens were highly crucial for research and all over the world they had preserved and documented specimen of 80,000 to 100,000 living plant species and providing material for display, research, education, ex-situ conservation and ecological restoration.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 23-May-2014 here.