Ten-year-old Sushma Verma, daughter of a daily wage labourer and an illiterate mother, has the chance of becoming India’s youngest graduate three years from now. The whiz kid already holds the distinction of being India’s youngest matriculate at 7. After clearing her class 12 examinations from the Uttar Pradesh board this year, she got provisional admission in Lucknow’s CMS Degree College as a science student.
Her admission to B Sc —with zoology, botany and chemistry as her subjects —has now been confirmed, with Lucknow University giving her the green signal to pursue as graduate degree. “…Now it’s time to concentrate hard and complete my graduation with good marks,” said a delighted Sushma.
The university authorities are pleased to have the wonder girl in their fold.
“We should encourage every talented girl like Sushma. We hope with our decision the girl would inch closer to realising her dreams,” Lucknow University spokesperson SK Dwivedi said.
A high level of intelligence seems to run in her family. Sushma’s brother Shailendra became the country’s youngest computer science graduate in 2007 when he passed the Bachelor of Computer Applications degree from Lucknow University with 75% marks at the age of 14.
Sushma now has an opportunity to surpass her brother by passing the 2013 examinations at 13.