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The Environmental Protection Society




Environment Protection Society (EPS) was established in 1991 and is one of the University level societies working for the cause of creating awareness among the students at the campus regarding the Environmental issues, threats and need for environment protection. Muhammad Ali was elected first President and Mian Muhammad Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was First Secretary of the society. Prof. Javed Nazir acted as the first Advisor of the Society.





EPS for the last 17 years has been organizing on yearly basis:

  • Environmental Painting and Poster Competition.

  • Environmental Drama Festival.

  • Environmental Surveys.

  • Seminars, Lectures and Debating Competitions.

  • Trips, Walks and Campaigns for creating awareness about the environmental hazards.

  • EPS is also publishing magazine EPS times on yearly basis. 



News & Events


GCU celebrates Biological Diversity Day


The Government College University Lahore Environment Protection Society (GCU-EPS) celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-Pakistan) to increase understanding and awareness among students about the biodiversity issues. The celebrations were marked by different activities including an awareness walk and seminar on biodiversity issues.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the day-long celebrations releasing the house sparrows to highlight the importance of free flight of birds and also as a symbol of their declining numbers.


Speaking on the occasion, GCU-EPS Advisor Dr Faiza Sharif said that biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. “Recognition of the importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation,” she added. The EPS advisor said the Environment Protection Society in collaboration with environment experts had identified the perching sites of birds in GCU and scientific plaques of fifteen bird species were erected on the respective sites. The Vice Chancellor also erected a plaque of Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris) on a tree outside his office.


Later, addressing a seminar on biodiversity, WWF-Pakistan resource persons Ms. Warda Javaid and Ms. Ana Farooq talked about Biodiversity of Pakistan with special focus on priority species and ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’.






Consultative workshop on updating curricula


A consultative workshop was held here at the Government College University Lahore on Friday in collaboration with Ministry of Climate Change, United Nations Environment Program (UNEF) and the university’s Environment Protection Society (EPS) to devise strategies and recommendations to integrate concepts, principles and values of sustainable consumption and production in tertiary education curricula and raise awareness among the faculty members of tertiary education institutions.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the inaugural session of the workshop attended by head of departments and faculty members of various disciplines from GC University Lahore, International Islamic University, Lahore College for Women University, Kinnaird College for Women University and Punjab Environment Protection Department.


In his key note address, UNEF Consultant Prof Dr Muhammad Irfan Khan said that Ministry of Climate Change with support from Switch-Asia Program of European Union and technical assistance from Asia-Pacific Regional Office of UNEF had launched a sustainable consumption and production program. For development of a National Action Plan for Sustainable consumption and Production, a countrywide consultative process has been initiated by holding such workshops and this is the first workshop in the series at GCU,” he said.


He also said there was growing evidence that tertiary education, through its role in empowering domestic constituencies and nurturing favorable frameworks of governance was vital to a country’s efforts to increase social capital and to promote social cohesion, which was proving to be an important determinant of economic growth and development.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Shah said that there was a dire need to update curricula and integrate the concepts of sustainable consumption and production in various disciples like Pakistan studies and Islamic studies where the students were taught same topics year after year.

GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Tahir Kamran stressed on the need of developing civic culture in the students and emphasized the role the academia should play in achieving this goal.


GCU EPS Dr. Faiza Sharif also addressed the seminar. Later, working Groups from Science and Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Administrative Sciences worked out and made recommendations for the incorporation of Sustainable Consumption and Production in their respective curricula. 





GCU, WAPDA celebrate Earth Day


The Government College University Lahore Environment Protection Society (GCU-EPS) and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) jointly celebrated the Earth Day by holding an Inter-Universities Painting Competition at the university’s Sustainable Development Study Center (SDSC).   


A large number of students from different educational institutions displayed their artwork on the themes of Pollution, Climate Change and Trees for the Earth. The competition was aimed at raising awareness among students about the environmental issues.    

Speaking on the occasion, GCU-SDSC Director Dr Amtul Bari Tabinda said that a strong political will was required to protect the Earth against climate change.


Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) senior manager Aoun Mehdi said he is an Old Ravian, and feel great pride in it. He pledged that WAPDA would continue to extend its support and collaboration to GCU for organizing such healthy awareness activities.


WAPDA Lead Manager Maryam Ali and GCU Fine Arts Department Irfan Ullah Babr adjudicated the painting contest and appreciated the skills and intellect of the participants. The winners of the competitions were awarded cash prizes.




Waste segregation by colours at GCU


The Government College University Lahore in collaboration with the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Tuesday introduced an on-campus waste segregation system which was aimed at promoting cleanliness and recycling of waste materials for a greener planet for the future generations. The university’s Environment Protection Society (GCU-EPS) installed seven sets of color-coded dustbins on different spots on the campus; blue for plastic, green for paper and red for the glass, with an aim to collect a segregated waste which would be handed over to LWMC to ensure its recycling in the best possible manner.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated these coloured dustbins by collecting waste materials and putting them in the relevant dustbins, hoping that it would also encourage his students the staff members to use these dustbins.  GCU Sustainable Development Study Centre Director Dr Amtul Bari Tabinda, LWMC Director Human Resource Asad Farooq, Director Communication Jamil Khawar, and members of EPS were also present. The Vice Chancellor appreciated the support of the LWMC, a Turkish company, to GCU EPS, in its awareness drive regarding cleanliness and recycling of waste materials.


Earlier addressing seminar on waste segregation, LWMC Director Asad Farooq said this system of waste segregation through these colored dustbins would also be introduced in other educational institutions besides different areas of the City. Dr Tabinda highlighted the importance of 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) for inheriting a safe planet to the future generations. She also said segregation reduces the amount of waste that needs to be sent to landfills. This is becoming increasingly important as land is beginning to become less available while the amount of waste only continues to increase.


The seminar was also followed by an on-campus walk to raise awareness among students about cleanliness and use of coloured dustbins. 




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