ISLAMABAD-Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)’s Department of Plant Sciences Friday observed the World Soil Day and organized different activities with an aim to create awareness among students regarding soil pollution and importance of protecting soil. The theme for 2018 World Soil Day was “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution” which was well matched the slogan of “Clean and Green Pakistan” project recently launched by the government to make the country a better place for living.

More than 250 students of PhD, MPhil, MSc and BS along with Faculty members participated in different activities including cleanliness of the campus, awareness walk, installation of dust bins and beautification of lawns and academic blocks.  QAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ali visited the department and encouraged the students for organizing the event.  Faculty of Biological Sciences Dean Dr Muhammad Shahab highlighted the importance of the day. He said soil studies at the department are not only important components of the curricular and co-curricular activities but also a moral obligation as well.


“It’s also our religious obligation as “cleanliness is half faith”, let us promise to respect our mother earth,” he said.

Dr Shujaul Mulk Khan organizer of the event from the Department of Plant Sciences said soil is vital for life as it provides a medium for plants growth, habitat for many micro as well as organisms, acts as a natural filtration system, carbon storage and cycling of atmospheric gases.

He said soil is the one of the four pillars upon which the structure of life is built up. It shapes micro and macro habitats for living organism, from micro flora and fauna to macro organisms like plants, animals and humans. Soil is the source of food security and food safety.

Clean Soil give rise to clean plants and plant parts such as cereals, vegetables, fruits, and medicinal plants which are of utmost importance for healthy life. Earlier Dr Abdul Samad Mumtaz, chairperson of the department of Plant Sciences also addressed the participants.

A large number of faculty members and staff of university and members of PASTIC also attended the event. The students and participants resolved to maintain the cleanliness not only on campus but also in the areas where they live.