LAHORE:August 12:THE excessive power outages owing to worst ever energy crisis could not deter Muhammad Muhsen Ali who despite all odds clinched first position in the Punjab University’s BA examination with historic 688 marks out of 800.
The excessive loadshedding tried to mar every effort of Muhsen to prepare for exam but two emergency (battery) lights which he had bought out of meagre income he used to have by working at a tandoor helped him pass graduation with flying colours.
“Loadshedding is indeed a big problem,” Muhsen Ali told reporters after a ceremony held in honour of high achievers at the Punjab University (PU) New Campus on Saturday.
He said he had bought two emergency lights which helped him continue studying amid prolonged power outages. Muhsen Ali also said he used to work at tandoor to make breads with his younger brother in order to support his family, adding that his brothers also sacrificed for him to continue education.
Sources in the PU said at least in the last five years no student could achieve 688 marks in BA exam, adding that however it would be only after careful scrutiny of the record to check whether Muhsen had set a new record or not. Meanwhile, other high achievers criticised rulers for excessive power crisis, worst law and order situation, ever increasing inflation and unemployment. Sania Riaz who bagged first position in BSc examination with 686 marks also termed loadshedding a big problem.
Muqaddas Shehbaz who secured third position in BA exam said she would go for CSS after completing MA English.
Maria Anam who shared the third position with Muqaddas said she wanted to do MBA and adopt teaching as a profession. Sundus Shahzadi who clinched second position in BSc underlined the need of accountability.