Department of Environmental Sciences, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) participated in “Sanitation Festival” organized on the eve of World Toilet Day on the 19th of November, 2016 at the University of Peshawar. Dr. Farhan and Dr. Shams represented AWKUM along with the graduate students. Local Government and Rural Development Department of KPK under its outreach services (WatSan Cell) arranged this festival along with sector partners including UNICEF, IRC, WSSP, RSPs, etc. The day long activities include project presentation, NGO stalls of innovative WASH project, demonstration and poster presentation. Dr. Shams Ali Baig presented the outcomes of his research findings during the poster presentation session. Dr. Noor Muhammad, Dean of UET Peshawar was the chief guest at the opening session and Mr. Shoukat Yousufzai, Minister KPK Government was the chief guest at the closing session. The Minister highly appreciated the efforts of making academia-development sector linkages in delivering research based services to community. He further emphasized that the development sector across the Province should invite academic institutions in such event, which helps the students to know the real field based issues and thoroughly investigate to cater the problem while conducting researches.