Karachi : The services of those who worked for the welfare of the society should always be remembered and only those societies develop which do not forget their heroes. This is so good to see that the University of Karachi has renamed its Botanic Garden and Herbarium after its former vice chancellor Professor Dr Syed Irtafaq Ali, who has contributed a lot in the field of botany and plants.
This is a very good way to acknowledge their services and a nice manner to pay homage. The University of Karachi has set a very good example in this regard and we need to set such examples in society on a large scale to show respect to those who have helped the society in the past.
These views were expressed by the spokesman to Sindh Government and the Advisor to the Chief Minister on Law, Environment and Coastal Development, Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Saturday.
He was addressing the ceremony held to name the KU Botanical Garden and Herbarium after varsity’s former vice chancellor Professor Dr Syed Irtafaq Ali. On this occasion, the chief guest Murtaza Wahab said that society should pay tribute to those who have served them.
He mentioned that environment is a very important topic for any society and the provincial government always gives priority to a clean and green city. He observed that usually governments give priority to development but forget about environmental development, building roads and bridges makes it easier for us but greenery is essential for our health.
He shared that more than 43,000 students are studying at the University of Karachi and the Karachi University is continuously planting trees which are very commendable. “This is so unfortunate that no attention is being paid to tree plantation in Karachi in the past. As a citizen, we need to plant plenty of trees to improve the environment in the megacity.”
He said that plants will surely benefit the generations for decades to come and he was happy that the administration of the University of Karachi gives special attention to this cause. He termed that global warming is actually a global warning for all of us and we have to think about the future of our children and take part in plantation drives on regular basis.
He advised that 43,000 students are studying at the University of Karachi and if every student take responsibility for taking care of a plant, then the University would present a more beautiful scene and if we all adopt the same style as a nation, the environment would change dramatically.
On this occasion, the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi said that Professor Dr Syed Irtafaq Ali was a renowned botanist, and his services will always be remembered.
He mentioned that besides research on different types of plants in the said garden, students are also provided awareness about the importance of plants. He said that that global warming is a global challenge in modern times and has become a major challenge especially for Pakistan and the city of Karachi.
He mentioned that owing to the rising temperature in Karachi everyone has become familiar with the importance and usefulness of tree planting. “I am happy to inform that not only tree plantation is being done regularly in the University of Karachi but also the care of plants is being ensured which is evidenced by this clean and green campus.”
The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi shared that around 200, 000 saplings were planted in 2019 in different locations of the campus while in the next two years we have planted over 100, 000 during various plantation campaigns. “The University of Karachi is part of the Sindh Environment Department’s “Clean and Green” campaign because global warming is a major challenge for the country and particularly for Karachi.”
Later, the former vice chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser said that Professor Dr Syed Irtafaq Ali was a renowned botanist who was well known nationally and internationally. He acknowledged that Professor Dr S.I. Ali had played a very important role in gathering information about the plants present in the country and that is why the University of Karachi has paid tribute to him in recognition of his long services.
Earlier, the Director Prof. Dr. Syed Irtafaq Ali Botanic Gardens and Herbarium, KU, Professor Dr Anjum Parveen delivered the welcome address and informed the audience about the types and variety of plants present in the said garden while Professor Dr Anila Amber Malik, Department of Psychology, KU, delivered the vote of thanks.
The KU Registrar Professor Dr Abdul Waheed, the Member Sindh Assembly and member KU Syndicate Sadia Javed and another member KU Syndicate Sahibzada Moazzam Qureshi, deans of various faculties and chairpersons, and faculty members of various departments were also present on the occasion.