Nobody will grudge the accolades earned by Lucknow’s child prodigy Sushma Verma and the offer of financial help from individuals and organisations for pursuing her studies. As the 13 year old wonder kid backs in the glory of becoming the youngest student to pursue a Master’s course—M.Sc in Microbiology from Lucknow University.Times have been hard for the Verma family Sushma Verma’s father Tej Bahadur is a daily wage labourer and it was difficult for him to meet the expenses for her admission to Lucknow University. He had to sell one bigha of land to pay the first instalment of about rs 25000 to confirm a seat in the university. The child prodigy’s name appeared in the second cut off merit list for postgraduate courses declared on August 26. The family used to live in a dingy single room accommodation in St.Meera’s Inter College on Kanpur road but they wre asked to vacate the premises about two months ago, Ms Verma now lives with her parents in a single room in Bargawan village.
Professor Manoj Dixit said the university was arranging for a suitable accommodation where the girl could live with her parents. He said the parents and the girl herself were not inclined to her living in a hostel along with students of a different age group
Ms Verma passed her Class 10 examination from St Meera’s College at the age of 7 and Intermediate at the age of 10 . She pursued B.Sc in Zoology and Botany from CMS Degree College. Her brother shailendra holds the distinction of being the youngest Computer Science gradute at the age of 14. The founder of Sulabh sanitation movement Bindeshwari Pathak will honour Sushma Verma with a cash reward of rs 5 lakh when he visits Lucknow next week
courtesy THE HINDU