Child prodigy becomes one of the youngest postgraduates in the world – after being accepted to study a masters at just 13
A 13-year-old whizz kid is set to become one of the youngest postgraduates in the world after being accepted to study a master’s degree.
Sushma Verma became one of the world’s youngest Science graduates when she completed an undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Lucknow University in India, last month.
The child prodigy, who was recognised as India’s youngest matriculate by the Limca Book of Records, is now set to pursue a masters in Environmental Microbiology.
Sushma, the daughter of a daily wage labourer and an illiterate mother, finished high-school at the tender age of seven.
She has now outdone her elder brother, Shailendra who held the title for the youngest computer science graduate, when he completed his degree in 2007, aged 14 – one year older than Sushma.
Sushma will now become the youngest Postgraduate in India and possibly the world, after she was accepted to study MSc in microbiology at Babasaheb Ambedkar University.
She said: “Every student has to put in effort to secure good marks. It is just the syllabus and books that differ.
“I study books meant for higher classes, while others my age do it for lower classes.
“Studying with students elder than me is nothing new to me. I have become accustomed to it now.”
Sushma’s father Tej Bahadur said he has no words to describe how proud he is of his daughter and thanks goddess Saraswati for blessing both his children.
He said: “I am illiterate and cannot guide my children. Whatever they have achieved is the grace of Maa Saraswati.