LAHORE - Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stressed the need for collective action for environment protection in order to enable future generations to live their lives in a healthy, clean and pollution free environment. He was addressing a farewell ceremony organized in connection with the passing out students of College of Earth and Environmental Sciences at New Campus here on Sunday. The Vice-Chancellor said our modern way of life, which has necessitated rapid industrialization, transportation and deforestation, is putting ever increasing stress on scarce natural resources and environmental systems such as water, land and air. He said the mass media can play a key role in educating people and creating awareness among them for protection and improvement of environment. He said very few universities can boast off the lush green surroundings which the New Campus possesses. The faculty and students are fortunate that they are living in an area where they can breathe fresh and hygienic air devoid of atmospheric pollution. During the last two years, over 18000 saplings of shady and fruit trees were planted within the varsity premises, he added. Due to large number of trees the New Campus is also very rich with regard to the population of rare species of birds. He further said the past rulers only paid lip service to education promotion with the result that despite 62 years of our existence, the public sector schools are suffering from chronic problems and lack basic facilities such as electricity, drinking water, latrines and boundary walls. He expressed the hope that the knowledgeable college graduates would scale new heights in their practical life besides fulfilling their duties towards development and welfare of their country. Earlier, presenting the welcome address, the Principal Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch paid glowing tributes to the Vice-Chancellor for liberal funding for construction of college building and appointing for the first time nine highly experienced and eminent former faculty members as professors of emeritus. At the outset of the ceremony, a documentary film on activities of college students was exhibited. Dr Mujahid Kamran also distributed commendatory certificates to boys and girls who had shown extra-ordinary results besides presenting flower bouquets to newly-appointed Professors of Emeritus. The students also presented humorous skits and Sufiana Kalam on the occasion.