ECOSF and HEC are collaborating together to introduce the GreenMetric World University Ranking for Higher Education Institutes in Pakistan

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Higher Education Commission (HEC) and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) are collaborating together to introduce the Universitas Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric World University Ranking for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in Pakistan. In this context, a consultative meeting was held on June 5th, 2018 at HEC to review and assess the adoption of this ranking for HEIs in Pakistan. The meeting also contributed to and aligned with the global event on the World Environment Day 2018 for promotion of sustainability, concept of green and sustainable campuses in universities. It is pertinent to mention here that ECOSF helped introduce this concept of GreenMetric Ranking to HEC in Pakistan. ECOSF sponsored the participation of HEC representative in the 1st International Conference on Green University at Ferdowsi University of Mashad in February 2018, in which ECOSF was one of the co-organizers of this conference.

The consultative meeting was chaired by Prof. Arshad Ali Executive Director HEC and attended by senior officials of HEC and representatives of Universities. On behalf of ECOSF, the President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro and Mr. Khalil Raza Scientific Officer participated in the meeting. The representatives of six universities, which are already participating in the ranking delivered their presentations highlighting their efforts in implementation of Green Campus Framework.

Prof. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC appreciated the initiative by Univeristas Indonesia (UI) of developing such a ranking. He stressed over the need to maximize the participation of Pakistani universities in the upcoming rankings. HEC would fully support in adopting this concept in Pakistani higher education institutions, he said. He appreciated the support of ECOSF in introducing this concept for HEI in Pakistan.

Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro President ECOSF appreciated the efforts of HEC for formally recognizing and initiating this ranking program in Pakistan at HEC, which will lead towards wider adoption of this ranking and promote sustainability in University Campuses across Pakistan. He proposed to establish a coordinating unit on Green and Sustainable Campuses at HEC for effective implementation and liaison with Universities across Pakistan. He shared that ECOSF has signed a MoU with Ferdowsi University of Mashad, Iran (FUM) for promotion of Green and Sustainable Campuses in the ECO region, including Pakistan. Thus he proposed and assured his support and collaboration in establishing a linkage between  FUM and HEIs of Pakistan for implementation of this GreenMetric ranking in Pakistan.

Prof. Raza Bhatti Member O&P highlighted the significance of the GreenMetric Ranking and linked it with the theme of World Environment Day 2018, which is “Beat the Plastic Pollution”. He said the hazards of plastic use in daily life need to be disseminated so that the young generation may not only refuse the use of plastics, but can also influence their families to stop its use.

HEC Monitoring and Evaluation Director Mr. Naveed Shah presented his presentation on the concept of this ranking system which is based on the indictors viz. setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education.

The participants agreed to organize a National Workshop on July 9, 2018 in collaboration with UI GreenMetric World University Ranking where all the universities of Pakistan will be invited to participate.

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