RAWALPINDI - Boys have bagged top positions in Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Annual Examinations 2013 held under the aegis of Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

The results were announced during a ceremony at the Government Post Graduate College for Women on Monday. The top three positions were clinched by the Pre-Engineering Group students (two males and a female) of Satellite Town Punjab College of Information and Technology (PCIT).

Sheikh Hassan Tanveer, son of Sheikh Tanveer Ahmed, roll number 725455, of PCIT topped the board by scoring 1015 marks out of 1050 in Pre-Engineering Group. Iqra Noor daughter of Noor Muhammad, roll number 723626, and Ahmed Shaheer son of Shakeel Ahmed, roll number 725454, of the same college secured second and third positions in board by getting 1012 and 1011 marks respectively.

A total of 60682 students were enrolled with the board while only 59314 (24948 male and 34366 female) conducted the annual examinations of HSSC 2013. Of total, 32475 were declared pass. The passing percentage was 54.98. Some 25,798 students could not pass the examinations whereas 1364 remained absent, according to data provided by BISER officials.

The Pre-Engineering Group Boys was topped by Sheikh Hassan Tanveer of PCIT with 1015 marks. Ahmed Shaheer of the same college clinched 2nd position by scoring 1011 marks. The third position was shared between two students Faisal Habib son of Abdul Khaliq of Kallar Kahar Science College for Boys, Kallar Kahar, Chakwal and Saad ul Hassan Sajid son of Muhammad Sajid studying in PCIT.

Iqra Noor of PCIT stood first in Pre-Engineering Group Girls obtaining 1012 marks and Hadia Shahid Bukhari of the same college got 2nd position with 1009 marks while Zartasha Iqbal student of Kallar Kahar Science College for Girls Kallar Kahar, Chakwal bagged 3rd position obtaining 997 marks.  

In Pre-Medical Group Boys, Muhammad Naheem of Kallar Kahar Science College for Boys Kallar Kahar, Chakwal, topped with 1007 marks. Fahad Farooq Ashraf student of PCIT remained 2nd with 1004 marks and Ali Hassan Ijaz of Kallar Kahar Science College for Boys, Chakwal, grabbed the 3rd position securing 994 marks.

In Pre-Medical Group Girls, Rida Batool of Kallar Kahar Science College for Girls, Chakwal, secured the 1st position with 1009 marks and Moazama Khan of PCIT took 2nd position obtaining 1007 marks whereas Amina Bibi bagged 3rd position obtaining 1001 marks. 

Atif Abbasi of PCIT topped the Commerce Groups Boys with 945 marks followed by Umar Saeed of Punjab College (3-KM) Main GT Road Gujarkhan who grabbed 937 marks. Saad Ullah and Sabtain Hashim Khan of PCIT shared the 3rd position by scoring 907 marks.

Sidra Murad of Jinnah Institute if Informatics (JII) for Girls, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi topped the Commerce Group Girls, obtaining 992 marks followed by Sadia Anees of PCIT with 974 marks. Hafiza Mamoona of JII stood third with 953 marks.

In General Science Group Boys, Arslan Arshad of Military College Jhelum got first position by securing 985 marks and two other students of the same college Hamza Faiz bagged 2nd position obtaining 982 marks whereas Moeed Ahmed stood on number three with 968 marks.

General Science Group Girls' first, second and third positions went to Sumaiya Sarfaraz (991), Qirat Arif (955) and Iqra Shaheen (953) of PICT, Rawalpindi respectively.

According to board results, Khuzaima Jabaroot Bin Suleman of Government Gordon College, Rawalpindi clinched first position in Humanities Group Boys with 897 marks and Anees Khan of Government Degree College, Hazro, bagged the 2nd position by obtaining 855 marks. The third position was shared with 852 marks by two students Muhammad Esar-ul-Qasmi, a private student, and Government Post Graduate College, Chakwal's Hassan Ali.

Syeda Rida Zainab of Government College for Women Gujar Khan secured first position in Humanities Group Girls with 935 marks while Nimra Hameed, a private student from Chakwal, grabbed second position securing 920 marks and Javeria Irfan of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Mari Danishman Dan, Rawalpindi remained the third obtaining 916 marks.

Earlier, the result announcement ceremony was marred by late arrival of Provincial Minister for Housing Malik Tanveer Aslam Awan, the chief guest, who reached the hall at 10:55am, two hours late than the scheduled time, and intensive loadshedding, earning the wrath of the students, parents and guests. A large number of guests boycotted the function.

Addressing the ceremony, Malik Tanveer said that students are precious asset who play a vital role in country's development. He said that Punjab government did a lot for promotion of education and betterment of youth. He said that obtaining positions with great marks in examinations was admirable but the teachers should give confidence to their students during classes so that they (students) could perform well in practical life. He congratulated the position holders.

The minister had to cut short his speech owing to audience's protest because of his (Tanveer's) late arrival.

At the end, prizes and medals were distributed among the position holder students by the chief guest, BISER Chairman and Secretary Dr Muhammad Jawad Shirazi, Controller Dr Irshad Ahmed Chatta and MPA Malik Iftikhar Ahmed. Board's spokesman Arslan Ahmed Cheema was also present on the occasion.