Women reign supreme in BA/BSc exams

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The BA and BSc annual examinations 2011 results were announced by the Punjab University (PU), and once again, females led in all fields as all three leading positions in BSc were clinched by female students, while a female student secured first position in BA. Moreover, all top positions in BA were secured by external candidates, who performed outstandingly. A ceremony was organised in honour of the position holders at Faisal Auditorium on Friday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest, while Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Additional Controller Ahmad Ali Chattha, Treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram, senior faculty members, position holders, their parents and the principals of their respective colleges were also present on the occasion.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said education empowered nations and urged Muslims to realize the value of education. He said all spiritualism empahsised the need to educate oneself, which was why Muslim Ulemas had been declared equal to the Prophets of Bani Israil. He added that those promoting sectarianism and involved in terrorist activities had no link to Islam. Dr Kamran said America spent seven percent of its GDP on education, whereas Pakistan did not allocate even two percent of its GDP to the sector. He asked for at least four percent of the GDP to be allocated to education. He added that Pakistan was the only country which could change the lines of history. He advised students to adopt careers as would generate knowledge, as this was a great service of Islam. The Vice-Chancellor said Pakistani students had a lot of talent, however, lacked direction because of the absence of professional counseling. Dr Kamran said, according to a survey carried out by the PU, boys could not complete their studies due to financial constraints, whereas girls were straining to excel in every field, resulting in the increasing number of female graduates.
The Vice-Chancellor presented cheques amounting to rupees Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 65,000 as cash reward to the students who attained the top three positions in the BA/BSc exams 2011, and also presented shields to the principals of their respective colleges. Dr Kamran also announced a cash award of Rs three lacs for the examination branch employees, who had worked diligently to prepare results within a short period.
In BSc exam, Rida Arshad of Toba Tek Singh Govt College for Women with 682 marks secured the first position, Arfa Waseem of Gujranwala Satellite Town Superior Science College with 677 marks grabbed second, while Sadia Parveen of Pind Dadan Khan Al-Beruni Government College with 668 marks won third position. Similarly, in BA exam, external candidate from Shahdara Lahore Iqra Abbas with 668 marks clinched first position, external candidate from Bahawalpur District Muhammad Zahid Zaheer Iqbal with 665 marks secured second, while external candidate from Shadbagh Lahore Muhammad Hamza with 664 marks grabbed third position.
Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali said a total number of 153,688 candidates had appeared in the BA/BSc exam out which 52,396 were declared successful, indicating a pass percentage of 34.09.