Girls Clinch Top Positions In BA, BSc Exams
LAHORE: Girls outshined boys in the Punjab University (PU) BA/BSc Annual Examinations 2010, clinching all top positions, while the overall pass percentage this year has been only 29 percent, surpassing last year’s pass percentage by one percent only.
Out of 171,624 candidates who appeared in the exam, only 49,370 passed. Out of 59,162 male candidates, 11,347 qualified, showing a pass percentage of 19.18. Out of 112,462 girls who took the exam, 38,023 qualified, which is a pass percentage of 33.81.
According to the Gazette notification, Zunaira Nasir, a student of the Punjab College for Women, Satellite Town, Sargodha secured the first position with 703 marks, while Erum Shahzadee and Fareeha Iqbal of the Punjab College for Women, Civil Lines, Gujranwala and the National Science College, Gujranwala respectively, jointly obtained the second position with 684 marks. Aasma Meer of the National Science College Gujranwala came third with 676 marks.
Similarly, in the BA exam, Sana Iftikhar, a private candidate from Islamabad, secured the first position with 662 marks, while Syeda Zarina Sadia and Hafza Ayesha Zafar, both private candidates of Shahdara Lahore, jointly attained the second position with 655 marks. Erum Yasmeen, also a private candidate of Malakwal Mandi Bahauddin, secured the third position with 654 marks. It is noteworthy that all three top positions in the BA exams were secured by private candidates, posing a challenge to government colleges and all colleges affiliated with PU.
In recognition of the natural disaster the country is facing, the university arranged a very simple result declaration ceremony at the Al-Raazi Hall of the Quaid-e-Azam Campus on Tuesday. Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Registrar Prof Muhammad Naeem Khan, Treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram, Controller Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan and senior faculty members were present at the event.
Cheques: The vice chancellor presented cheques amounting to Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 65,000 as cash rewards to the girls for securing the first, second and third positions respectively. Congratulating the position-holders, he said that in case they sought admission to PU, they would be exempted from the payment of all academic and hostel expenses.
Kamran also announced an honorarium of Rs 300,000 for the PU Examination Branch employees, who had worked day and night to prepare the results within a record period of less than three months. The controller of examinations announced that this amount might be donated for the provision of relief goods to flood victims. Earlier, in his welcome address, Zahid paid a tribute to Kamran for his liberal financial assistance worth over Rs 50,000,000 for the purchase of the latest computers, the construction of additional rooms and the purchase of furniture for the Examination Branch.
Kamran said that if Pakistan wished to achieve a respectable status as an economic and military power in the world, it was vitally important that at least four percent of the gross national product be earmarked for educational advancement, even if each citizen had to forego one meal a day.