The top three positions in both bachelors of science (BSc) and bachelors of arts (BA) examinations of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) this year have been secured by women, according to the results announced on Monday.
In BSc exams, Ayesha Sharif stood first with 695 marks out of 800, Iqra Jamshed second with 691 marks and Saman Naz third with 682 marks. All three were students of Punjab College.
In BA exams, the first position holder, Tehmina Jaleel, told The Express Tribune that she had used income from her part-time job as a tailor to pay for her education. She said she studied for her bachelors degree at Government College for Women, Jalalpur Pirwala. Jaleel secured first position with 629 marks.
Saleha Khalil from Maimoona Post-graduate College with 626 marks and Bushra Amin from Government College for Women, Taunsa, with 621 marks, were second and third, respectively.
Amin also said she had paid for her education on her own. She said she had been teaching Holy Quran to the children of her village in Taunsa.
Of the 45,000 candidates who sat the exam in 2012, 18,000 passed the exam – a pass percentage of 40%.
The university announced Rs20,000 cash prize for the first position holders and Rs15,000 and Rs10,000 for the second and third position holders, respectively.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.