OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Leading from the front yet again, the girls shone on Friday by bagging all the three leading positions in the BSc examinations. They also ran away with the first position in the BA exam, leaving only the second and the third slots for their male rivals. According to Punjab University statistics, this year a total of 1,53,688 candidates had appeared in the BA/BSc exams. Out of them 52,396 were declared successful, indicating a pass percentage of 34.09. In the category of regular candidates, as many as 41,314 candidates had appeared in these examinations. Out of them 22,059 passed the threshold of success, with the percentage of 53.39. In the category of Late College candidates, 13,643 candidates appeared and 4,366 passed with the percentage of 32.00. The pass percentage of external candidates stands 26.08 as 97,786 appeared and 25,506 candidates passed the examination. The statistics further showed that overall 11,796 candidates secured 1st division, 36,317 secured 2nd division and 2,636 got 3rd division. In BA, 1,411 boys secured 1st, 6,011 2nd and 684 3rd division, while 7,788 girls secured 1st division, 24,604 2nd and 1,366 3rd division. In BSc, 362 boys got 1st division, 1,311 boys 2nd and 250 boys got third division while 2,235 girls secured 1st, 4,391 girls 2nd and 336 girls secured 3rd division. In BSc, Rida Arshad of Govt College for Women Toba Tek Singh, with 682 marks, secured 1st position; Arfa Waseem of Superior Science College, Satellite Town, Gujranwala, with 677 marks, came second while Sadia Parveen of Al-Beruni Government College, Pind Dadan Khan, with 668 marks, got 3rd position. In BA, Iqra Abbas (an external candidate from Lahores Shahdara area, with 668 marks) clinched first position, external candidate from Bahawalpur District Muhammad Zahid Zaheer Iqbal with 665 marks secured second while external candidate from Shadbagh Lahore Muhammad Hamza, with 664 marks, grabbed third position. The Punjab University organized a ceremony in honour of the position-holders here at the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus on Friday. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest while Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Additional Controller Ahmad Ali Chattha, Treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram, senior faculty members, position holder students, their parents and principals of respective colleges were also present on the occasion. Addressing the ceremony, VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that educated nations were powerful and ruling the country and urged the Muslims to realize the value of education. He said all the spiritualism led to education and thats why Muslim Ulema had been declared equal to the prophets of Bani Israil. The VC also presented cheques amounting to Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 65,000 as reward to the students who attained first, second and third position. Dr Kamran also announced a cash award of Rs 300,000 for Examination Branch employees. Earlier, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, in his welcome address, paid glowing tribute to PU VC for his assistance for purchase of latest computers.