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Waste Materials Become Artworks At Government College University Lahore


LAHORE– Students from different universities of Punjab, Sindh, and Baluchistan have put on display artworks made of trash at the Inter-University Environmental Competitions 2019 held at the Government College University Lahore on the theme of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The competitions organized by the university’s Environmental Protection Society in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan also included documentary and short films contest and poster exhibition.

From plastic bottles to card boxes, students utilized different kinds of waste materials and recycled them into beautiful works of art. “We need to promote recycling of all kinds of waste material in different possible ways,” said Aleena Naveed and Sarah Bhatti from Kinnaird College Lahore who bagged the first prize for their out of the box idea and presentation.

Maryam Tariq from GCU, Lahore secured the Second position, while Raiba Sajid, Ezza Naeem, Nooria Ikram, Sheeza and Zuberiya Rasheed from Lahore College for Women University, Lahore won the third position at the trash to product competition.

The original, beautiful, and thought-provoking documentaries in the documentary competition raised awareness about the serious environment related crises. The documentary directed by Omer Nafees, ‘Pile of mud, ounce of gold’ outshone the most among the other entries and won the Special “Gbox Sustainable Prize” among all the three categories.


Whereas documentary, ‘The Soliloquy’ by Muhammad Shoaib from Army Medical College, Rawalpindi secured the first position. Hafiz M. Umer from GCU secured second position for his film, ‘River Ravi: My Story’ and third position was given to two participants Omer Nafees from NCA for his film ‘Pakistan is flying’ and Ali Khan from GCU for ‘Kasak’.

The best poster award was won by Sadia Sarwar of GCU, Lahore while Ramsha Azim from UVAS secured the second position in poster competition.

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, Dr. Faiza Sharif, the Advisor of Environment Protection Society said that about 150 students from 30 universities had participated in the event to highlight the threats to the biodiversity.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah visited the displayed posters and trash to products and appreciated the contestants for raising awareness on diverse environmental issues among the general public.

He also lauded the Environment Protection Society, GCU Lahore for its commendable efforts of engaging the youth in raising awareness about the environmental issues and their possible solutions especially the role of individuals in reducing their ecological footprint.

Prof. Amjad Pervez from Punjab University, Mr. Erfan Ullah Babar from GCU Lahore, Mr. Raja Yasir Nawaz from NCA, Miss Nazifa Butt from WWF-P, Prof. Dr. Amin ul Haq Khan from GCU Lahore, Mr. Ehsan Gulsher from Green box also attended the competition and appreciated the contestants for raising awareness on diverse environmental issues.— PRESS RELEASE