High achiever: Sikh girl from Nankana makes community proud

Published: August 2, 2015
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Manbir Kaur PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

Manbir Kaur PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

“I had never expected the overwhelming response that we received from my relatives, both Sikhs and non-Sikh, to my daughter’s success in the secondary school certificate examinations,” says father of Munbeer Kaur, a Sikh girl from Nankana Sahib who has secured more marks in a matriculation exam than any other Sikh student in the country’s history.

Giyani Prem Singh said that for him, Kaur was more valuable than his son. “She has earned us pride and honour,” he said.

Kaur, 15, secured 1,035 marks in the science group out of 1,100. The first position holder in the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary’s examination had bagged 1,080 marks. Nankana Sahib comes under the Lahore BISE’s jurisdiction.

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Kaur, who wants to become a doctor, has enrolled at a private college on Mangtanwala Road near Nankana Sahib. Her father, a grade 7 granthi, said he lacked resources to send her to a college in Lahore.

Singh, one of three granthis at Gurdawara Nankana Sahib, said the college had granted her admission without charging any fee. “They will charge Rs10 only after every two months.”

Kaur is the eldest among his six children. He says he has a son before Kaur but he died at the age of three months. “I consider her my son. I am doing whatever I can do for her,” he said.

Singh says Kaur also does keertan sewa at the gurdwara along with the jathas. He says his other daughters are studying in grades 4, 5 and 6. His only son is in grade 2.

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Singh has studied up to intermediate and his wife is a matriculate. Calling her bookish, he says she has never taken private tuition. She studied for grade 9 at the Guru Nanak Gee Public Model High School, Nankana Sahib, a Sikh community school. She did matriculation from Hira Public Model High School, Nankana Sahib.

Singh says he will send her to Lahore for further studies once she completed her college.

Kalian Singh, an uncle of Kaur’s, says he was the first professor from the Sikh community in Pakistan. “I teach at the Government Gujranwala College and live in the same house where Giyani lives,” says Kalian Singh, a PhD scholar at University of the Punjab.

He says his cousin, Harcharan Singh, was the first Sikh major in Pakistan Army. His nephew, Gulab Singh, is the first Sikh traffic warden. “Dr Mimpal Singh, a senior registrar at Mayo Hospital, is the first Sikh doctor in Pakistan,” he said.

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  • farhan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:37AM

    Congrats Manbir Kaur on achieving the top ranks. Best of wishes for your future. Congrats to your class teachers and parents as well for all their efforts in bringing up the intelligent kid.Recommend

  • hope
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:51AM

    Well Done Manbir :) Pakistanis are proud of you :) n congratulations to the parents. best of luck for future :)Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:57AM

    Congratulations Manbir, may you touch the peak of every success in your life and make pakistan proud :)Recommend

  • Rama
    Aug 2, 2015 - 1:18PM

    Congrats Kaur !!!. I am yet hear from the conspiracy theorist that “This is the another attempt from India to take over the higher education in Pakistan to deny the ordinary Pakistan Muslim to study in higher education in Pakistan Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 1:32PM

    Manbir KaurJi,

    You made our country “Pakistan” and its people felt proud.

    Our daughters have always raised our heads.

    All the best for you upcoming bright futureRecommend

  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Aug 2, 2015 - 1:59PM

    Congratulations Manbir, May Allah bless you with the same success in your future life.Recommend

  • Striver
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:17PM

    Any parent would be proud of your achievement but you have made the whole country proud. Now, that’s some achievement. God bless you. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:57PM

    Its not surprising..Sikhs, all over the world are far ahead than Punjabi Muslims esp. in education, business, hard work and unity. Their biggest achievement is that they have kept alive Punjabi language and culture which we Pakistani Punjabis have shamelessly destroyed for those rouge elements who divided our beautiful Punjab for their ulterior motives.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:00PM

    Hooray ! :)
    Well done Manbir, keep it up.Recommend

  • Omer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:16PM

    Why say a “Sikh” girl ….. one never hears of a “Muslim” girl getting the most marks in an examination. She is first and foremost a Pakistani. Lets stop creating divisions.
    Congratulations Manbir on the achievement. Recommend

  • boo
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Wow 1035 out of 1100 May Allah bless you all your lifeRecommend

  • raw is war
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Manbir, congrats. Now kindly emigrate to India (with all of your family, of course) before you get into any trouble.Recommend

  • JSM
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:55PM

    “Sikhs only comprise 1% of Pakistan’s population.” Are there 18 lakh Sikhs in Pakistan? If yes, where are they hiding?Recommend

  • Weirdity
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Since now this girl has public visibility, i wonder whats going to happen to her? Kidnap & conversion is a possibility. Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:27PM

    Note the difference between the worldview of Muslim Clergy and Sikh Clergy.Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Pakistan is proud of you Bachay, keep it high.!Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:29PM

    @Omer:

    It is notable because minorities are second class citizens in Pakistan with the discrimination written into the constitution.Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:46PM

    @Rama:

    Can you please let her enjoy without poking your stinky nose in? Learn some manners and dont bring politics in every damn thing.Recommend

  • nuzhat shireen
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:04PM

    good news for nation. keep it up.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:33PM

    Congratulations Manbir it is not only a matter of pride for you and your family but for all Pakistanis for your record setting accomplishment, May the Almighty Allah grant you every success in the future. Recommend

  • Khalid
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:02PM

    proude of you, PakistaniRecommend

  • Brar
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:17PM

    @Rama: A Muslim girl topped the 12th standar exam this year who is from Ropar and am proud of both.Recommend

  • Brar
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:20PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Ch.Sahib thanks for your good words, it is coincedence that a Muslim gils from District Ropar East Panjab topped 12 th standard exam this year.Recommend

  • Alisha
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:27PM

    @raw is war:
    Mind your business please. She is our girl and they are our people our countrymen and great Pakistanis. Please stop worrying about them and take care of your people..there are a lot many in a lot of troubles. Recommend

  • Alisha
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:32PM

    @Rama:
    C’mon. :) :D I think both countries’ people have become over paranoid about each other. She is a Pakistani Sikh therefore no worries of conspiracy. They are v true to the land people. (well I dont expect any of conspiracies from Indian sikhs but yes from govt. YES) Recommend

  • Baljinder Singh
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:56PM

    Manbir..Well Done..! You have made your nation and whole Sikh community proud. Keep growing in your life and may god bestow all his best on you. You have shown to the world that a girl can touch any feat in life when she is committed to achieve that..! The icing on the cake is, you are a Sikh. Congratulations and Thanks to Pakistan’s education board for giving her a fair chance…!Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:11PM

    @raw is war:
    your comment is pretty useless here :) try somewhere else your crap.Recommend

  • Ashah
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:13PM

    Bit stupid to identify her as a Sikh Girl,Pakistan seems to be going backwards while the rest of the world is moving forward. She should have just been identified not by her race or religion but by her name first !Recommend

  • Fact
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:15PM

    All of Pakistanis are very happy and proud and today we even celebrated on roads. Please india keep ur jealousy limited to your boundary. Recommend

  • Faraz
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:29PM

    We love Sikh people, they are just like Pakistanis in terms of habits, appearance, and culture. I really can’t say that about the rest of India.Recommend

  • Iqbal Munir
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:49PM

    Congratulation Manbir

    You did well. Congratulation to your father and mother and whole family.

    IqbalRecommend

  • Ali
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:59PM

    Congrats girl. You make us all very very proud. God bless you. Way to go!Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:02PM

    The next thing we hear about her would be she becoming a muslim becuase she understood the beauty of it.Recommend

  • Haris Javed
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:07PM

    Proud moments! Best of luck girl. Way to go.Recommend

  • Farid Midhet
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:59PM

    Pakistani girls are beating boys in taking top positions in exams during the last few years. Our daughter Manbir has simply continued that tradition! CONGRATULATIONS! May Allah grant her even greater success in the rest of her education! Recommend

  • Rajnish
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:29AM

    Congratulations manbir. God bless you Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Aug 3, 2015 - 1:49AM

    Congratulations Manbir Kaur,, the nation is proud of you and needs people like you. Follow your dreams and achieve what ever your heart desire. Congratulations also to your mom and dad.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:45AM

    Congratulations to this wonderful daughter of the land. She has made us pround Pakistanis. A country dreamt by our forefathers where every citizen feels honoured and lives a dignified life.Recommend

  • Zain
    Aug 3, 2015 - 3:48AM

    Good on you ManbirRecommend

  • Aug 3, 2015 - 3:56AM

    Fantastic. Yet now the odds are high that she will be targeted by Muslim supremacists as Pakistan is not a safe place for Hindus and Sikhs. Although 1000 years ago, they constituted 100% of Punjab’s population, in a few years, there will be 0%. Why aren’t Muslim readers here ashamed of this fact? In India, Muslim population increased from 11 to 15% since Partition. You are all bigots and prejudiced people to allow this to happen. Recommend

  • raw is war
    Aug 3, 2015 - 7:56AM

    @Alisha:

    that is the biggest problem.how soon before she finds herself in trouble? In India, she can become a top notch CEO of some major corp.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Aug 3, 2015 - 8:00AM

    Sikha at 1% is not true. They constitute .009% of Pakistani polpulation. They are less than 18,000 sikhs in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Raja Mohsin
    Aug 3, 2015 - 8:03AM

    Many congrats to her, her parents and teachers. I am proud of Pakistani female students who are performing great in their studies. Welldone and many congrats my daughter.

    Raja MohsinRecommend

  • Aug 3, 2015 - 9:38AM

    Congrats young girl. We are proud be of you.Recommend

  • Awais
    Aug 3, 2015 - 10:57AM

    mubarkan bhai mubarkan, we will like to see the your name after two years, best of luckRecommend

  • ashok
    Aug 3, 2015 - 11:22AM

    Congratulations to Manbir for her hard work and her parents for supporting her. Keep on doing well in your chosen field. All best wishes for the future.Recommend

  • anita turab
    Aug 3, 2015 - 1:04PM

    Very well done but why do people need to know her religion? It has no bearing on her education. Why must everyone be categorized as such and made into a potential target?Recommend

  • Aug 4, 2015 - 5:21AM

    Congratulations. The Indian Government should give her full scholarship to IIT or IIM with entire family given permission to come back to India.Recommend

  • weirdity
    Aug 4, 2015 - 7:52AM

    @anita turab: “Very well done but why do people need to know her religion? It has no bearing on her education.”

    I a country named after a religion like “islamic republic of pakistan”, religion does have a bearing on everything. Cant close your eyes to realityRecommend

  • muhammad saqib
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:12AM

    Best of luck my sister and keep it up.Recommend

  • Imran Hayat
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:50PM

    Good job,congratulations to your parents, whole family and teachers for your achievements. I also appreciate Pakistan education system’s transparency ….education for all…

    Best of luck for futureRecommend

  • Anwar sangha
    Sep 21, 2015 - 2:05AM

    Manbir is like our sister and daughter. We are proud over her excellence performance in matriculation examination. There are a lot of prayers for her excellent performance in her future life too. One thing I will tell here that Indian Sikh community is well respected here. despite they left Pakistan punjab 68 years ago , still we consider them our part and parcel.they are integral part of our culture and language. We share same blood line, same land same language same faces and lot of other commonalities no one can snatch this relationship from us. Recommend

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