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TAKHT SINGH, BHAI (1870-1937), a pioneer of women\'s education, was born at Firozpur around 1870. His father, Deva Singh Nihang, is said to have fought in both of the Anglo Sikh wars (1845-46 and 1848-49). Takht Singh passed the High Proficiency (Vidvan) examination in 1887 from the Oriental College at Lahore, where two of his teachers, Bhai Gurmukh Singh and Giani Ditt Singh, both leading figures in the Singh Sabha reform movement, deeply influenced him. Takht Singh returned from Lahore resolved to dedicate himself to the cause of women`s education among Sikhs. To a modest open air school he had established at Firozpur, he added in 1904 a boarding house which marked the beginning of the Sikh Kanya Mahavidayala.

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