High achiever: Sikh girl from Nankana makes community proud

Published: August 4, 2015
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Manbir Kaur PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

Manbir Kaur PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

LAHORE: “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.

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.

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.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • singh
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:44AM

    Dear editor, pls dont mis spell the word kaur as mentioned twice in the column kuar.Recommend

  • Karachi
    Aug 4, 2015 - 12:22PM

    Well done. We are all proud of you.

    Pakistan zindabadRecommend

  • hope
    Aug 4, 2015 - 12:33PM

    great story. well done. so many good news coming in the month of August. the month of Pakistan :)Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Aug 4, 2015 - 12:41PM

    Inshallah they will continue on their successful path and I hope Pakistan becomes a country of plurality and justice.Recommend

  • mujeeb ashraf
    Aug 4, 2015 - 1:18PM

    awesome family, they made and still making much records , best of luck for future . . . . .Recommend

  • eash
    Aug 4, 2015 - 1:30PM

    Hos is this news. If she had got the top marks among all then it is an achievement. Getting top marks within your community is not so great. You people seem to be clutching at straws to show to yourself that you are treating minorities well. Sad..Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 4, 2015 - 2:57PM

    Why do you have to write Sikh?? She is as much Pakistani as anyone else.Recommend

  • junglee
    Aug 4, 2015 - 4:21PM

    @eash:
    The girl and her father seem quite proud of her achievements. You somehow find something negative here. Sickeningly Indian.Recommend

  • eash
    Aug 4, 2015 - 6:24PM

    @junglee:
    Any father will feel happy and proud if his daughter gets good marks. But how does it make it a national news? It is headline news if she has got top rank in the country or even in her state. Not otherwise.Recommend

  • faisal
    Aug 12, 2015 - 9:11PM

    Why do you say her sikh she is a Pakistani. we have also to proud.Recommend

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