UP State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has said it will meet Lucknow’s child prodigy Ananya Verma on Monday or Tuesday to ascertain whether she is actually ready to be admitted to Class 9.
Last week, Ananya faced a technical hurdle as her online registration form was not accepted by the UP board software that states that the minimum age for admission in Class 9 is 15. Ananya is just four.
“We will have a conversation with the child to get an idea of her understanding level. Media reports suggest that she reads religious text very well. But this alone does not make her eligible for admission in Class 9. We have to see if she is mentally prepared to take the burden,” Juhie Singh, UPSCPCR chairperson, said.
The commission will prepare a detailed report after that and submit it to district magistrate Satyendra Singh and district inspector of schools (DIS) Umesh Tripathi.
“Due to technical reasons, her form has been rejected. I have sought special permission for her,” DIS Tripathi said.
The manager of St Meera’s School, where Ananya is enrolled, Vinod Ratra said it was just a temporary glitch. “The board will help her like they did in case of her sister Sushma who appeared in Class 10 board examinations when she was 7. The online registration has been rejected. We will request for offline registration as a special case,” he said.
Ananya, the daughter of a daily wage labourer, belongs to a family of prodigies. Her brother Shailendra graduated in computer science from Lucknow University in 2007 at the age of 14. He passed the examination with 74.93% marks and is now a software engineer in Bengaluru.
Her elder sister Sushma made waves the same year by entering the Limca Book of Records as the country’s youngest matriculate by passing the UP Board Class 10 examinations at the age of seven.
In 2013, she went on to become the youngest science graduate from Lucknow University and then becoming the youngest post-graduate in microbiology from the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) in 2015. She reached another milestone by enrolling in a PhD course the same year.
Experts are impressed and baffled by the academic feats of the three ‘prodigious’ siblings. But no one has any clue about the reason behind their academic brilliance. Their father, Tej Bahadur, who was given a job as a sanitation supervisor in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, and their mother is illiterate.