15-year-old Sushma Varma who hails from the Bargawan area on the outskirts of Lucknow is a bright student from a poor background. But she is nowhere near your ‘average’ success stories.
The young prodigy is now, perhaps, the youngest postgraduate in the country. She achieved this feat after the results of MSc (Microbiology) were revealed at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University (BBAU) yesterday. Sushma, who topped the first, second and fourth semesters, may very well be the top ranked student at the PG course this year where her classmates were almost eight to nine years older than her at least.
But this feat is not new to Sushma. She was directly enrolled into class IX by her mother at the age of 5. In 2007, she entered the Limca book of Records as the youngest student to clear class X exams.
Before she cleared her class XII in 2010 and then traveled all the way to Japan, on invitation, to beat many 35-year-old Japanese on IQ levels.
And then she wanted to be a doctor, at a tender age of 10, for which she gave the Uttar Pradesh Combined Premedical Test (UCPMT). This time bureaucracy and university rules prevented her from becoming India’s own Doogie Howser and her result was withheld.
After this, she decided to pursue a B. Sc course at Lucknow University and cleared it in 2013 before pursuing M.Sc at BBAU.
So what makes this victory a special one for the prodigy who is used to such feats. It’s the fact that she is graduating from the same college where her father is a sanitation worker. Sushma’s father Tej Bahadur, 51, was a daily wage worker until BBAU Vice-Chancellor Dr R V Sobti helped him secure a sanitation supervisor job on campus, so that he could support his daughter and rest of the family.
But wait for it, Sushma might not be the only prodigy in the family. Her elder brother has already proved his mettle by completing his BCA at age opf 14 and by the signs of things, her three-year old younger sister is getting ready to break all her records.