Pakistan's top Sikh religious body on Friday announced a reward of Rs 100,000 to a Sikh girl who was among the toppers of the Class 10 examination from the minority community.
Fifteen-year-old Manbir Kaur from Nankana Sahib district of Punjab province secured 1,035 marks out of 1,100 in Secondary School Examination this year.
Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee also announced to set up a fund for brilliant Sikh students and initially donated Rs 1 million for the fund.
Manbir's father Giani Prem Singh is the head granthi at Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib, some 80 km from Lahore.
Their house is not away from Gurdwara Janamasthan, the birth place of Baba Guru Nanak. "The whole family is delighted over her brilliant performance. Manbir used to study 12 hours a day and her hard work paid off," he said, adding that the Sikh community in the district is proud of his daughter.
More than 200 Sikh families reside in Nankana Sahib. Manbir is mulling to join a private college in Lahore. By virtue of her good marks, she is entitled to a scholarship for both the government and private institutions.
Manbir has applied for a pre-medical course as she wants to become a doctor.