Sikhs constitute only 1% of Pakistan’s entire population and from that minority, a Sikh girl from Nankana Sahib; Manbir Kaur stands out by giving an exceptional result in matriculation exams. Manbir, who is 15 years old, has gained 1035 marks out of 1100. The first position holder in the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary has bagged 1080 marks. Nankana Sahib comes under Lahore’s BISE.
Manbir’s father, with extreme pride, says that she is more valuable to her than his only son.
“She has brought pride and honor to the family” he said.
Initially Manbir was to be sent in Lahore for college, but Manbir’s father, Giyan Prem Singh, says he lacks resources to send her to Lahore. So, Manbir has been given admission free of cost in a private college near Nankana Sahib. Giyan Prem Singh says “they will charge Rs.10 only every two months.”
The proud father said that Manbir has studied all on her own without any tuitions or extra classes, which is really remarkable because often in secondary school you do not get high grades without some extra guidance. Manbir studied at the Guru Nanak Gee Public Model High School in Nankana Sahib, which is operated by the town’s local Sikh community school. After that she sat for her matric exam from Hira Public Model High School, also in Nankana Sahib.
Kaur is the eldest among her he six siblings. Giyan Prem Singh told that he had a son before Manbir, who died at a very small age. He says he considers Manbir his son and is doing whatever he can afford to do for her.