Recently fresh batch of students admitted to BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus for various graduate and post graduate degrees planted 80 saplings of fruit bearing and medicinal trees in its campus. In a massive plantation drive to mark the admission of new batch, saplings of Jackfruit, Tamarind, Cashew, Guava, Jamun, Bel Patra, Karanj, Terminalis Arjuna, Cassia fistula and Rosewood were planted by the students along with their parents. Plantation drive was held in presence of Prof. Raghurama G, Director; Prof. Ramesha C K, Associate Dean of Students’ Welfare Division; Prof. Angshuman Sarkar, Chief Warden; Mr. A K Patil, Estate Manager; Mr. Imran Sheikh, Sr. Technician and other senior teaching and non-teaching staff of BITS Pilani, Goa Campus.
Plantation is done in areas around the hostels which are occupied by these fresh students. This way, the students will be able to nurture these saplings during the four to five years period of their stay in the campus. These saplings have added lot of value to the already rich flora and fauna of the campus.
Manifold benefits of trees include releasing oxygen into the air, absorbing unpleasant odours as well as harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide from the air and purifying it, protecting us from dangerous ultra-violet rays, providing us with food and the pivotal role of preventing soil erosion, maintaining ecological balance and most especially in lessening the effects of global warming.