Girls secure top positions as SSC results announced
Peshawar, June 15: Girls secured all the top positions in the Secondary School Certificate Examination as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Peshawar Tuesday announced the annual examination result for 2011.
The result was declared at the award-giving ceremony for the position-holders at the BISE building here. Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Sardar Hussain Babak was the chief guest.
A total of 56,558 candidates, including 44,501 regular ones, appeared in the 10th class examination out of which 44,934 were declared successful with pass percentage of 79.45. In the science group, 31,264 candidates, including 23,126 regular candidates appeared in the examination. Among them 28,267 qualified the examination with pass percentage of 90.41. In the humanities group, 16,579 candidates out of 25,149 passed the examination that showed a pass percentage of 65.92.
The top position was shared by two girl students - Misha Wali and Navishta Sahar Arif - from the Frontier Yousaf Academy, Hayatabad. They obtained 966 out of 1050 marks. Ayesha Javed of the same institution stood second with 962 marks while Nayab Motasim from the Peshawar Model Girls High School clinched third position by obtaining 960 marks.
Qania Obaid of the Qurtaba Public School, Hayatabad stood first in the humanities group with 870 marks. Kashmala Shafiq from the same school followed here with 850 marks. Sidratul Muntaha, a student of the Forward Public School, Dilazak Road stood third by grabbing 847 marks.
The girl students clinched first, second and third positions in the overall science and arts groups, respectively while 16 positions in the overall top position-holders who secured marks between 943 and 966 were girls.
Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Hussain Babak said that it was quite encouraging that the girl students were outshining boys despite serious threats to the female education in the province. He said it was unfortunate that militants were blowing up the educational institutions and it was against the basic teachings of Islam.
The minister said that development and prosperity could not be made without education and the militants by targeting schools and colleges actually wanted to keep the province and the adjacent tribal belt backward.
He claimed the Awami National Party-led government had taken strong measures to make the examination process in all the educational boards fair and transparent. He said well-off people should invest in the education sector. They should establish more schools, colleges and universities in the private sector to promote education to put the province on the road to development, he added.Your Comments
Federal Medical and Dental College becomes a reality
Islamabad: Affiliated with the Quaid-i-Azam University and with the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) providing attached hospital facilities, the Federal Medical and Dental College (FMDC) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at a ceremony originally scheduled at PIMS, but subsequently shifted to the Prime Minister's Secretariat here on Tuesday.
Lack of parking space spelled huge inconvenience for guests, who had to park their vehicles at a 15 to 20-minute walking distance from the venue and brave the scorching summer sun amidst the tightest of security hurdles before finally making it to the fortress of power. Many invitees preferred returning to their homes and offices on seeing the situation. All senior journalists and camera crew designated to cover the beat of the Prime Minister boycotted the ceremony as there was no sign of the PM till 6:00 p.m. even though guests were to be seated by 4:30 p.m.
The ceremony was attended by Minister for Health Riaz Pirzada, Minister of State for Health Sardar Shahjahan Yusuf, Secretary Health Nargis Sethi, project director of FMDC Dr. Jehanzeb Aurakzai, and executive director of PIMS Prof. Dr. Mehmood Jamal.
Addressing the gathering, the PM said the establishment of a medical college was a longstanding demand that merited attention in view of the immense pressure on the country's existing medical institutions, given that a growing number of aspirants are aspiring for a career in medicine. "This is the first public sector medical college in the country with an affordable fee structure and medical education that will be at par with international standards," he said.
The PM paid tributes to the leadership in the health sector-the Ministry of Health and doctors and health professionals of PIMS-who accomplished the task of establishing FMDC in the shortest possible time. He then recounted some of the key health initiatives taken by the government. These included establishment of the National Health Emergency and Response Network in the wake of the 2010 floods; incentivizing of medical services through implementation of an improved career structure for health care professionals; and provision of an integrated health facility to the residents of Bhara Kahu and rural areas of Islamabad. "We converted an almost non-functional health centre in Bhara Kahu to a quality mini-hospital where the people of the area are provided all major services under one roof. This has significantly reduced the burden on two major hospitals in the capital city while saving precious lives which were being lost while ferrying emergency cases from these areas to hospitals in urban areas," the PM remarked.
Referring to the increasing number of cases of liver cirrhosis, the PM recounted the government's efforts to establish the country's first-ever liver transplant centre. Funds for the centre were provided by the government and work is now nearing completion. "This will be a life-saving facility for thousands of families who are unable to afford the expensive treatment for this life threatening condition," he said. With reference to polio, the PM said the district administration has been made responsible for anti-polio activities, and that a policy of zero tolerance has been introduced for any official found wanting in his task.
Coming to FMDC, the gathering was informed that the first batch of the college would comprise 50 students. The college is currently housed in PIMS, but will soon be shifted to its designated premises in the National Institute of Health, where it will benefit from the institute's available research base. An effort is said to have been made to ensure that only high quality trained medical professionals render instructional services in the college. State-of-the-art equipment and laboratories are being provided to train students so that they can compete both at home and abroad besides being equipped to provide top-quality medical services.
Nargis Sethi shared the plan to upgrade the NIH Hospital located in Chak Shahzad. "The hospital is to be operationalized and upgraded into a 50-bedded facility with treatment for all major ailments under the Integrated Health Services Initiative. When upgraded, the hospital will serve thousands of residents of Chak Shahzad, Banigala, Rawal Town, Tarlai and numerous adjoining areas of rural Islamabad," she briefed.
Nargis requested the PM to direct the Ministry of Finance to release funds on a fast track basis so that the task can be completed. "No new construction will be involved and the entire upgrading and refurbishment would cost no more than Rs50 million," she said. Responding to the request, the PM announced release of the said amount for the purpose.
With reference to FMDC, Nargis said that since the role of the medical professional extends beyond the four walls of the hospital, major emphasis is being placed on areas like disaster management, health emergency and community medicine. "This is the need of the hour as our nation is confronted with numerous man-made and natural calamities where better trained rescue and medical personnel can mean the difference between life and death," she stated.
Earlier, Riaz Pirzada termed investing in the health and education of a nation as being synonymous to investing in its future. "We are making all out efforts to harness the potential of the huge mass of human resource available to the health sector. Specialised training programmes for on-job skill development of health personnel, promoting higher education for medical graduates, encouraging medical institutions in the private sector are an integral part of our policies," he mentioned. He also informed that with the risk of floods looming large, systems at the National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Cell have been geared up and fortified to meet any eventuality.
CDA Model School alumni reunion
Islamabad: The reunion of alumni of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Model School was held here on Tuesday. The old students were welcomed by the staff and the principal. The formal ceremony started with the recitation by Sohaib Riaz. Vice principal Tehseen Farah laid emphasis on the importance of such events.
Science teacher Mrs. Fadia announced the formation of the Old Students' Association and described its format. The principal will be patron of the association and Mrs. Fadia will be the coordinator. Later the election of the association was held in which Zunaira Raees, was elected as the president and Abdul Wadood Umer Toor as a vice president.
Later in her speech CDA Model School Principal Shahwar Ajmal congratulated the students on the formation of the old students' association and advised them to take best use of it in social and welfare interest. The news