Ayesha Khan receives prestigious Papa Mian Padma Bhushan Award

Aligarh:  The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah today felicitated Ayesha Khan with prestigious Papa Mian Padma Bhushan Award and Sameeksha Varshney with M. J. Haider Academic Memorial Award at the annual prize distribution function of the Senior Secondary School (Girls).

General Shah also felicitated Sara Sartaj with papa Mian Padma Bhushan Award and Absar Fatima with M. J. Haider Award 2011-12. Sara Sartaj had authored a novel, “The Terrace of Joy” published by the VDM Verlag, Germany. Sartaj wrote the novel when she was a student of class XI. She later got selected for MBBS course and is now pursuing her studies at the J. N. Medical College.

Delivering the Presidential Remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Shah congratulated the prize winners and said that the learning process never ends and it is in fact a continuing process.

He assured that the University was committed to maintaining gender equality. He said that AMU’s approach towards promoting and strengthening gender equality needed no evidence and it was this attitude that Mrs. Mohsina Kidwai was invited as Chief Guest on Sir Syed Day commemorative meeting and after a gap of 80 years, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, a lady was invited to deliver Convocation Address as Chief Guest at the Annual Convocation.

On this occasion, Mrs. Simi Shah, AMU Registrar, Group Captain (Retd.) Shahrukh Shamshad and Prof. Zakia Ather Siddiqui, Secretary of the Female Education Association gave away medals and certificates to the students who brought laurels to their alma mater.

In her annual report, Mrs. Naghma Irfan, Principal, Senior Secondary School (Girls) said that academic performance of the students of the school borne testimony to the fact that the school was moving forward perkily to achieve its goal, attainment of excellence. She said that in 2010-11 session, the School had 97.8% result in Class XII, while in 2011-12, it achieved 99.2% result for the same Class. Pankhuri Jain topped by securing 88.25% marks and Razeen Fatima stood second by securing 88% marks and Sara Sartaj and Umra Malik shared third position with 87.75% marks.

She said that in competitive admission tests, the students of her school performed remarkably well. In the current session, 25 girls cracked the MBBS admission test in AMU and five were selected for BDS course while twelve were selected for MBBS and four for BDS at institutions outside AMU.

Mrs. Naghma Irfan mentioned that Deeksha Bansal and Nisu Singh got through IIT entrance. Moreover twenty students were selected in B. Tech. and three in B. Arch in AMU while 34 students got selected in B. Tech. in AIEEE, MNNIT, UPTU etc.

Mrs. Irfan said that her concern was not only that her students succeeded in life but she was also concerned how they succeeded. She said her aim was to inculcate in the students a culture of success along with personal dignity and integrity in complete harmony with the discipline, which is the soul of humanity.

Mrs. Nigar Siddiqui conducted the programme and Mrs. Sabiha Parveen proposed a vote of thanks.

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