Class 12 topper of Madhya Pradesh board exams Sunanda Khairwar of Nagda, Ujjain, was made chairman of the nagar parishad (municipal council) for a day in recognition of her achievement.
Sunanda secured 91.8% in the boards. About 1,173 students from the city appeared for the exams. The nagar parishad chairman Shobha Yadav had announced last year that whoever topped the class 12 exams from Nagda would be made chairman for a day.
In keeping with her promise, Yadav stepped aside on Tuesday and let Sunanda take over.
After an oath-taking ceremony at noon attended by her beaming parents, the student of Grasim Higher Secondary School was invited as a chief guest for the inauguration of several developmental projects.
A lion’s share of her agenda day was taken up by work related to women’s issues, such as self-defence camps at schools.
Sunanda also sent a letter condemning the practice of female foeticide and emphasising the education of the girl child to every household in Nagda. She, however, did not have the authority to sign any cheques or documents.
Her one-day tenure as chairman was also recorded on various inaugural inscriptions and plaques. Sunanda said she wants to pursue engineering, but her dream was to become an IAS officer.
“We are proud of her. Who says girls are a burden on the family?” said her father Nagendra Khairwar.