13-yr-old set to be India’s youngest post-graduate in 2015

  • HT Correspondent, Lucknow
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  • Updated: Jul 25, 2013 11:57 IST

Thirteen-year-old Sushma Verma who became the youngest science graduate from the Lucknow University last month, is all set to achieve another milestone.

The child prodigy will become the youngest postgraduate in the country after she completes M Sc in microbiology from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) in 2015.

The university, in its academic council meeting, held on Wednesday, has cleared the decks for Sushma’s dreams of becoming the youngest postgraduate from the university.

Sushma has already outdone her elder brother Shailendra Verma’s feat, who held the title for the youngest computer science graduate till now.

Shailendra was 14 when he completed BCA in 2007. He is pursuing MBA from an institute in Bangalore now.

Daughter of a daily wage labourer and an illiterate mother, the girl already holds the distinction of being India’s youngest matriculate at a tender age of seven, which found her a place in the Limca Book of Records.

Born on February 2000, Sushma passed intermediate examination from UP Board in 2010 and appeared in UP Combined Pre-Medical Test2010, but she could not clear it.

Is it really so easy to understand the tough concepts? “Not really,” she says.

“Every student has to put in efforts to secure good marks. It is just the syllabus and books that differ. I study books meant for higher classes, while all others of my age do it for lower classes,” she says.

“Studying with students elder to me is nothing new for me. I have become accustomed now,” she adds, with a smile.

Her father Tej Bahadur has no words except gratitude for goddess Saraswati, who he says, has blessed his both children.

“I am illiterate and cannot guide my children. Whatever they have achieved is the grace of Maa Saraswati,” he says.

 

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