Girls outshine boys in Intermediate exam Most toppers from private sector colleges
Lahore, Sep 08: Girls outperformed boys in the Intermediate Annual Examination 2012 of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore, bagging all the three top positions.
The result of high achievers also exposes performance of public sector colleges as most of the toppers are from private sector i.e., the Punjab Group of Colleges.
Amina Riaz (Roll No 522178) of Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town, secured 1029 marks and clinched overall first position in the Intermediate Annual Examination 2012. The overall second position was shared by two students Muhammad Umer (Roll No 529481) of Government College University (GCU) Lahore and Zabreen Tahir (Roll No 502920) of Kinnaird College for Women as they both secured 1028 marks each.
The overall third position was clinched by Fatima Khurshid (Roll No 522181) of Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town, with 1027 marks.
BISE Chairman Nasrullah Virk announced the names of position holders at a press conference held on Friday. He was flanked by BISE Controller of Examinations Anwar Farooq and BISE Secretary Javed Muzaffar Iqbal Chisti.
Nasrullah said the result of Intermediate Annual Examination 2012 would be announced on Saturday (today) claiming it would be free of Result Later (RL) cases.
In the Pre-Medical Group (Girls) the first position was bagged by Zabreen Tahir with 1028 marks, second by Maryam Tahir (Roll No 506959) of Unique Higher Secondary School for Girls, Muslim Town with 1024 marks while the third position was shared by two students Sarah Arif (Roll No 502885) of Kinnaird College and Aimen Anwar (Roll No 506489) of Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town, securing 1021 marks each.
In the Pre-Medical Group (Boys) the first position was clinched by Zamad Gillani (Roll No 513860) of GCU Lahore with 1025 marks, Ahmar Saleem (Roll No 514968) of Punjab College of Science, Ferozepur Road second with 1017 marks and Awais Raza (Roll No 513858) of GCU Lahore third with 1016 marks.
In the Pre-Engineering Group (Girls) Amina Riaz bagged first position with 1029 marks, Fatima Khurshid second with 1027 marks and Afeerah Javed Khan (Roll No 521033) of Kinnaird College third with 1023 marks. In the Pre-Engineering Group (Boys) Muhammad Umer bagged first position with 1028 marks, Najam Tariq (Roll No 529519) of GCU Lahore second with 1026 marks and Mughees Ahmad Hashmi (Roll No 534302) of Punjab College of Science, Ferozepur Road, third with 1022 marks.
In General Science Group (Girls), Komal Siddiqui (Roll No 541778) of Kinnaird College for Women clinched first position with 988 marks, second was Fatima Qamar (Roll No 541708) of the same college with 974 marks and third Janeeta Raj (Roll No 543973) of Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town with 971 marks. All the three positions in General Science Group (Boys) were bagged by students of GCU Lahore. Muhammad Aamir Eyyaz (Roll No 549159) got first position with 961 marks, Naeem ur Rehman (Roll No 549201) second with 954 marks and Rizwan Liaqat (Roll No 549195) third with 946 marks.
In Commerce Group (Girls) Afreen Malik (Roll No 558702) of Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town, bagged first position with 964 marks, second was Khalida Muzaffar (Roll No 558799) of the same college with 960 marks and a private student from Lahore, Mahnoor Fawad (Roll No 560590) clinched third position with 956 marks.
In Commerce Group (Boys) all the three positions were bagged by students of Punjab College of Commerce, Muslim Town. They are Zohaib Siddiqui (Roll No 576174) first position with 986 marks, Haris Farooq (Roll No 576142) second with 966 marks and Syed Jabbar Hussain Shah (Roll No 576201) third with 965 marks.
In the Humanities Group (Girls), the first position was clinched by Ammara Yousuf (Roll No 607164) of Govt College for Women, Warburton, Nankana with 951 marks, Atifa Mansoor of the same college (Roll No 607180) second with 944 marks and Hafiza Tayyaba Javaid (Roll No 617783) of Iqra Huffaz Girls Higher Secondary School, New Garden Town, third with 940 marks.
In the Humanities Group (Boys) Waleed Khalid (Roll No 677929), a private candidate from Lahore, clinched first position with 908 marks, Muhammad Abu Bakar Ajeeb (Roll No 671040), a private candidate from Kasur, second with 907 marks and Muhammad Ahmed Shafqat (Roll No 657352) of Govt Higher Secondary School, Okara, third with 899 marks.
According to press release, GCU Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman has congratulated Ravians on securing as many as eight positions in the Intermediate Annual Examinations 2012, saying that students' achievements have brought glory to their alma mater. He attributed the tremendous achievement of the GCU students to their hard work and talent through which they have managed to uphold the GCU's tradition of excellence.
PU announces results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Friday declared the results of various examinations.
According to details these exams include BS Geography (semester system), session 2008-12, Master of Human Resource Management (semester system), session 2009-11, Master of Business and Information Technology (semester system), session 2010-12, BS (Hons) Physics, semester system, session 2008-12, Diploma in Corporate Law & Practice (Final Result, semester system), session A/2010-11, MA Library & Information Science (Morning & Afternoon) semester system, session 2010-12, MPhil Molecular Biology (semester system), session 2009-11, BS Chemistry (4-Years Program) semester system, session 2008-12, BFA (4-Year Program) Part-II (Painting with Print Making & Sclupture, Graphic Design, Textile Design) A/2011 and MSc Information Technology, 2nd Year, A/2010 to A/2011.
PhDs: The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to four scholars in different subjects.
Muhammad Arif s/o Azmat Ali Khan has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Punjabi after approval of his thesis entitled "Jadeed Punjabi Ghazal Dey Rujhanat Da Tehqiqi Tey Tanqidi Jaiza"; Muhammad Ansar got the degree in the subject of Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis entitled "siRNAs: Potential Therapeutic Agents Against Hepatitis C''; Muhammad Asim Nadeem s/o Abdul Hameed in the subject of Punjabi after approval of his thesis entitled "Pakistani Punjabi Shairy Da Imrani Mutalia (1947 to 2000 Tak)" ; and Hafsa Aziz d/o Abdul Aziz got PhD degree in the subject of Biochemistry after approval of her thesis entitled "Comparative Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus Genotyping Methodologies and the Effects of Various Therapeutic Regiments on Systemic Viral Loads".
dengue monitoring: Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique issued instructions for accelerating dengue surveillance and larviciding campaign and intensifying monitoring. The news
Islamic book fair opens at Aiwan-e-Iqbal
Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that the hobby of book reading is dwindling due to introduction of modern technology and computers "however there is no substitute of books as they broaden the vision and knowledge of readers".
He favoured developing book-reading habit, especially Islamic books, among the young generation.
He expressed these views while inaugurating 3-Day Islamic Book Fair at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The minister said that the complete elimination of terrorism and extremism is necessary for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said that unemployment and poverty could be minimised through eradication of terrorism whereas extremism could be rooted out through promotion of quality education and increasing literacy rate in society.
"Our struggle against extremism can never be fruitful without enhancing education rate and consulting intellectuals and writers for the purpose. The government is providing maximum grants for modernising public sector libraries. Similarly, funds are being provided for ensuring necessary facilities in the libraries of educational institutions in the province," he declared.
'25m children out of school in Pakistan'
Karachi: Pakistan has the world's second highest rate of out-of-school children, with Sindh having the worst infrastructure for schools, says a report on children's status released on Friday.
Almost 25 million children are currently out of school in Pakistan, while seven million of them have yet to receive some form of primary schooling, according to the report, titled 'The State of Pakistan's Children Report 2011', prepared by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc).
The report is a grim reminder of how children's hopes for a better future are fading in the face of persistent government failure to improve governance.
The subjects touched upon in the report include education, violence against children, child labour, health, minorities, floods and juvenile justice.
Citing the National Education Census 2006 data, the report states that the overall net enrolment ratio in pre-primary education is 43pc - 45pc for males and 40pc for females. "Provincially, the net enrolment ratio is the highest in Punjab with 61pc, followed by Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan with 53pc, 51pc and 47pc, respectively," it says.
About basic infrastructure for schools, the report says that 65pc schools in the country have drinking water facilities, 62pc have a latrine, 61pc have a boundary wall and only 39pc have electricity.
"Provincially, the worst conditions are observed in Sindh, where 35pc
of schools are without building and in many cases without a boundary
wall. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab follow with 23pc, 18pc
and 10pc, respectively. There
are around 30,000 ghost schools throughout Pakistan, which continue to receive government funding," it says.
The report also looks into the damage caused by floods to school buildings last year and records 9,800 such schools in Sindh and Balochistan.
Over 410,000 children are out of school due to damaged or occupied buildings or unavailability of teachers, it finds. More than 40,000 children in temporary shelters have no access to education and nearly 729,600 children do not have learning materials.
It says: "Approximately 1,244 schools in Sindh and Balochistan were being used as shelters by flood-affected people."
The report states: "Around 600,000 children of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were reported to have missed one or more years of education due to ongoing militancy. A total of 710 schools have been destroyed or damaged by the militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A total of 640 schools were destroyed in Malakand while 70 institutions were destroyed or damaged in various other districts across the province. In Swat, 121 schools were completely destroyed while another 280 were partially damaged by militants over a span of two years," it adds.
According to the report, Pakistan has the lowest youth literacy rate with 69pc (11.6m uneducated youths). Only 59pc of females are literate as compared to 79pc of males in the age group of 15-24 years. Trends show that the number of uneducated youth is growing with no substantial efforts to increase the number of and access to technical and vocational institutes and to address gender disparities, it says.
On children's health status, it says that Pakistan ranks in the top five countries with the largest number of children under five who are moderately or severely underweight. Forty-three percent children born in Pakistan are afflicted by stunting (low height for age).
"Although full immunisation coverage of children between the ages of 12 and 23 months has increased from 78pc in 2008-09 to 81pc in 2010-11, it is still short of the MDG [millennium development goals] target for Pakistan (90pc for the years 2010-11).
"It is estimated that at the start of 2011, Pakistan was accounting for nearly 30pc of all polio cases recorded worldwide with 197 cases reported from different parts of the country. Eleven out of 152 districts of the country are especially affected by polio including Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and three agencies in Fata," it says.
unjab tops in juvenile offenders ranking
On juvenile justice, the report says that the number of juvenile prisoners increased from 1,225 in 2010 to 1,421 in 2011. They include 1,256 under-trial prisoners and 165 convicted juveniles. Punjab had the highest number of juvenile offenders (833), followed by Sindh (318), KP (241) and Balochistan (40).
The report points out that the Public Defender and Legal Aid Office Ordinance Bill and Prisons Amendment Bill dealing with children of incarcerated parents introduced in the National Assembly in 2010 remained pending in 2011.
Regarding cases of physical and sexual abuse, it says that 2,303 instances of sexual abuse were reported in the country last year. The number of reported acid attacks has risen from 65 in 2010 to 150 in 2011. Although men and boys are also victimised, most acid attacks involve women and girls between 15 and 25 years.
Punishments & seminaries
In a survey conducted by Sparc in KP, it was revealed that 76pc parents approved moderate corporal punishment to correct a child's behaviour. Forty one cases of corporal punishment were reported from Peshawar alone during six months in 2011.
The cases of extreme physical violence against schoolchildren across the country resulted in humiliation, injuries and even death, the study finds.
"A large number of madressahs remain unregistered with government authorities. The absence of government monitoring and regulation in such seminaries allows clerics to administer extreme forms of corporal punishments," the report says.
Last year 7,000 children were kidnapped in different parts of the country. In Karachi alone, 3,090 of these children were kidnapped. Floods in Sindh and conflicts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata contributed to a surge in kidnapping and trafficking of women and children, the report says.
"In 2011, 250 children died in armed conflicts in different parts of the country. Majority were killed in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Moreover, apart from life threats, the harmful psychological impacts of prolonged conflicts affected thousands of children in the war-torn regions," it says.
The report presents a sorry picture of the conditions children of religious minorities are forced to live in. Last year, 27 Hindu children were kidnapped for ransom in different parts of Sindh. Similarly, 500 Hindu families migrated from Balochistan to India following persecution by extremists.
The primary school enrolment rate of scheduled caste Hindu girl children is only 10.2pc while the national female primary school enrolment rate is 48pc. Poor security situation in Balochistan has forced Hindu parents not to send their children (especially girls) to schools, lowering the school enrolment rate among females in the province.
Following the floods, members of the Dalit community in Sindh were denied access to flood relief camps and even drinking water because of their 'untouchable' status, the report says. Ahmadi students have been especially targeted by hate campaigns.
Ten Ahmadi students, including seven girls, and a teacher were expelled from a school in Hafizabad last year on account of their religious beliefs, it adds.
According to the report, 2,000 girls from various minority groups were forcibly converted to Islam last year through torture, rape, kidnapping and forced signing of marriage contracts. Around 300 Hindu girls are forced to convert to Islam every year, it says.
Rally against 'ban on Sindhi students'
Sukkur: A rally was staged by the Sindh United Student Federation in Jacobabad on Friday against the government's refusal to remove Sindh University vice chancellor Dr Nazir Mughal and the reported ban on Sindhi students' admission to medical institutions in Karachi.
Participants in the rally marched from Tikundi Bagh up to reach the Jacobabad Press Club, where they staged a protest demonstration and sit-in for half an hour.
Speaking to the protesters, SUSF leaders Abid Brohi, Jawed Ahmed Rind, Asif Ali Khoso, Shahzado Chandio, Imtiaz Buriro and Ali Sher Lashari said that Dr Mughal should immediately be removed because of his policies which, they said, were damaging the cause of education at the university.
They also said that Karachi was part of Sindh and any restriction on Sindhi students' admission to any institution of the city was unacceptable and against the recognised principles. They said that the move to impose such a ban indicated a failure of the PPP-led government in the province.
The Jeay Sindh Student Federation (JSSF) took out a procession in Jacobabad on Friday against the renaming of the Sindh Medical College in Karachi.
The rally participants also staged a sit-in and blocked the road leading to the DC office, suspending the flow of traffic.
Speaking to the protesters, JSSF leaders Abdul Waheed, Abdul Manan Mahar, Asghar Lashari, Salman Sindhi, Rashid Jamali, Nisar Samejo and others demanded that original names of all historical institutions be retained.
They said they would not allow any change in this regard without the consent of Sindhi people. Dawn