Aligarh : Saplings of air purifying plants and fruits trees were sowed in the unused spots of the lawn of Dean Office, Faculty of Social Science and Department of Economics in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
The tree plantation drive which began on Saturday (September 11) is a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav’ observations of the Department of Economics. Essay-writing, slogan-writing, poster-making and singing competitions will also be held to mark the occasion.
“These trees can act as pollution barriers and as a sink to control air pollution and should be planted more to mitigate air pollution menace”, said Prof Nisar Ahmad Khan (Dean, Faculty of Social Science).
Prof Md Abdus Salam (Chairman, Department of Economics) informed: “Saplings of various air purifying plants such as Areca Palms, Bottle Palm, Spider Plant, Araucarias and Snake Plants and fruits trees like Guava, Sapodilla, Sweet Lemon, Peach and Lemon were planted today. These plants will help the campus witness improved air quality in various seasons”.
In the welcome address, Prof Salam also urged the faculty members and the non-teaching staff to plant these trees at their residences.
Growing trees help keep the natural ecosystem rolling and display commitment to ensure a healthy planet for future generations, said Prof Zaki Anwar Siddiqui (Member-in-Charge, Land and Gardens).
Organising Committee members, Dr Shahina Parveen, Dr Abdul Azeez and Dr Shirin Rais also spoke on the importance of increasing the green cover.