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Another ‘Google Boy’? Jharkhand’s four-year-old has a memory like an elephant

He can spell out general details of 210 countries and identify their flags and explain the periodic table taught high school among other things.

ranchi Updated: Apr 20, 2017 09:14 IST
B Vijay Murty and Sanjoy Dey
B Vijay Murty and Sanjoy Dey
Ranchi, Hindustan Times
Abhishikt Kumar, a child prodigy, with his parents at Delhi Public school campus in Ranchi.
Abhishikt Kumar, a child prodigy, with his parents at Delhi Public school campus in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/HT Photo)

Remember six-year-old child prodigy Kautilya Pandit from Haryana, who could recollect the general details and statistics of 213 countries off the top of his head? Experts had named him ‘Google Boy’.

About 1,350 kilometers from Haryana has surfaced yet another ‘Google Boy’, Abhishikt Kumar Gupta, in Ranchi -much younger and equally talented.

Born in a peasants’ family—his father Kuldip Prasad Gupta is a farmer holding a below poverty line (BPL) card—this 4 years and 10 months old child prodigy belongs to Sarmandi village in Jharkhand’s Tamad block, around 60km east of capital Ranchi.

He can spell out general details of 210 countries and identify their flags, explain the periodic table taught in high school, name all the controversial leaders around the world and learn anything new shown to him within minutes.

For almost two years, the child’s inherent talent remained confined to his village. His father, through his limited resources, would buy him new books to satiate his craving for more knowledge. However, much to his surprise, the child would memorise the books within minutes and ask for more new books.

A local scribe took the father-son duo to the state education department in Ranchi last month where authorities were spellbound on learning about the child’s abilities in memorising things with ease and general knowledge aptitude.

They offered to help the child get admission in the capital’s Delhi Public School (DPS). On Tuesday, the family temporarily shifted to Ranchi and completed the admission formalities. On Wednesday, the child stepped into the school and impressed the teachers on his very first day.

State management information system coordinator of the education department Sachin Kumar said, “He is an unusual child, seeing his age. We did not want to waste his talent.”

“In my 26 years of teaching, I have never come across a child like him,” said Jaya Prasad, in-charge of DPS primary section. “It would be a big challenge for us to teach him. He is a silent child with a very sharp knowledge,” she added. The principal has assured the parents that they would hire specialists to teach him if needed.

The child was admitted in DPS under the Right to Education Act section 12 (1) (C). The education department will bear the school fees, while the Union Bank of India has promised to pay for his uniforms and study materials.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 07:59 IST

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