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Lahore, Aug 27: Punjab University, one of the largest universities in the country, announced results for its Bachelor of Arts (BA)/ Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) annual examinations 2007 on August 22. Of 171,091 candidates appearing in the exams, 45,268 were declared successful a success ratio of 26.68 percent (6.8 percentage points less than the last year).

In BSc, Madiha Manzoor of Government College for Women Madina Town, Faisalabad secured first position with 685 marks (out of 800). Nosheen Goshi of Government Queen Marry College Lahore obtained second position with 655 marks and Muhammad Ahmad of Government Islamia College Civil Lines Lahore bagged third position with 652 marks.

As per the tradition, BSc students studying double mathematics with physics or statistics grabbed the top positions. The tradition stems from the fact that these subjects are based on facts, formulas and numerology, giving lesser discretion to the examiner to cut marks if the answers are correct. Less the theory in a subject, greater the chances of getting full marks.

In BA, Asima Tabassum of Government College for Women Jhang stood first with 661 marks. Rabeel Shoukat, a private candidate from Gujranwala, got second position with 633 marks and Sadia Ateeq, another private candidate from Lahore, secured third position with 631 marks.

The analysis of subjects taken by BA toppers' reveals more interesting points. Other than the compulsory subjects of English, Islamic Studies and Pakistan Studies, all BA toppers took Arabic, Islamic Studies and Persian as their elective or optional subjects. They secured even up to 195 (out of 200) marks in Arabic.

Not so surprisingly, Arabic, Punjabi, Persian, and Journalism are the favourite subjects among students because, according to students, these subjects give higher marks and have certain set patterns for the question papers.

Intelligent students, sometimes belonging to religious seminaries or religious families, take advantage of these subjects. In 2007, more than 38,039 candidates appeared in Arabic, 50,769 in Islamic Studies and 72,334 in Persian. These three subjects were also opted by the 2007 BA toppers.

As many as 42,023 candidates appeared in Punjabi and 32,110 in Journalism. The overall success ratio in Arabic, Punjabi and Islamic Studies remained up to 90 percent, whereas in journalism it was almost 70 percent. In English, on the other hand, the success ratio was a miserable 26.34 percent.

Educationists have urged the university to review the process of setting and marking examinations so as to allow students to choose a subject on the basis of its professional importance rather than its prospect of yielding more marks. They believe that most of the successful candidates in the aforementioned subjects cannot compete in the modern world. They have also urged the university to pay attention to improving its English language (compulsory) success ratio. This is the way Pakistani graduates can be competitive in the modern job market. Daily times
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