Directorate of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) of Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST) held meeting with Ms Javeria Qais, Director DSE-UCP to get a complete guidance from Ms Javeria Qais.

Talk on sustainability: An interview with the Director of “Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE-UCP)” Mrs. Javeria Qais and Prof. Dr. Qais Aslam from University of Central Punjab (UCP) Lahore on the topic of Sustainability and Green Metric was conducted by the Ambassadors of “Directorate of Sustainability and Environment (DSE-CUST)” at Voice of Capital FM97.6 studio.

The Directorate of Sustainability & Environment and the Office of Corporate Linkages, under the leadership of Dr. Saira Ahmed initiated a seminar regarding Youth Development Program by WWF (World Wide Fund on Nature) on 9th March, 2020. The inspiration behind conducting the session was to create awareness in the students about the emerging challenges faced by the planet as a result of the global warming and other environmental issues. For that purpose, Ms. Zarmina Khan and Ms. Rafia Arshad from WWF were cordially invited to talk about different development programs offered by WWF and the opportunities for the students to participate in these programs. Dr. Saira, Director Sustainability and Enviornment ended the session with profound gratitude and Dr. Shuja Safdar Gardezi, Assistant Professor Civil Engineering Deptt also graced the session and talked about an individual effort to be initiated by the youth to prevent water and electricity wastage.

The guest speaker was Dr. Iyad H. Nasr who is the Head of United Nations Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Nasr shared detailed stories of his visit to countries who had sent distress calls to OCHA. He said his initial visits and observations shed light on how aid is designed specifically for specific countries and cultures. He pressed on the point that the aid should not be only basic but well thought through and should include all necessary items required for survival.

Dr. Nasr explained the process of how an observable and uncontrollable situation (by the country) is reported to OCHA and the OCHA responds to the call step by step after which many groups are activated specifically for the aid of that country. Dr. Nasr answered all the queries and questions with utmost detail and concentration.

It was to discuss the socio-economic impact of Covid19. The state-of-the-art virtual technology being used by CUST to keep the students fully engaged was also discussed. The interview led to the points raised about scarcity and mark up rate set by State Bank of Pakistan. Moreover its impact on the changing dynamics of the education sector was also the highlight of the show. New ways to use technology by students were also discussed. It emphasized that CUST has taken appropriate measures for smooth running of the education sector.

A seminar on the topic “Plastic Pollution” was organized by the Directorate of Sustainability and Environment, on Nov 29th, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of this seminar was to bring the government, the corporate sector and the academia on one platform in an attempt to create a mutual understanding pertaining to the alarming Plastic Pollution issue and to discuss the possible actions plans which are both feasible and sustainable and which can tackle this issue on an emergency basis. The guest speakers for the event were Ms. Maryam Shabbir, (Environmentalist at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)) and Mr. Usman Chaudhry, (Assistant Professor at FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Science (NUCES)). Both the guests shed some light on plastic pollution and shared some interesting facts with the audience. They encouraged the students to make a conscious personal effort on reducing their plastic usage and promote reusable and sustainable resources to conserve the planet.