Sushma Verma: Youngest Indian Girl to Pursue M.Sc.

Sushma Verma

The veil of poverty can neither obscure the face of greatness nor devastate your spirit to fight against the trials and tribulation to live a better life. The 13-year-old Sushma Verma from a poverty-striken family in north India has defeated the circumstances with her desire and exceptional talent. Her father Tej Bahadur Verma is a day labourer who earns only 200 rupees a day but somehow managed to finance her education till her BSc.

From the childhood, Sushma has proved herself to be a prodigy by reaching the incredible milestones of completing her high school at the age of 7 and an undergraduate degree at age 12 for which she gives credit to the sacrifices and support of her impoverished parents. Now after one year of gap as her father couldn’t afford her admission fee of Rs. 25,000 for Lucknow University’s microbiology M.Sc. course, she finally has made it possible after her father sold his only piece of land to pay the fragment of his daughter’s tuition fee and some benevolent donor and philanthropist like Bindeswar Pathak who has gifted her a laptop, a personal computer and an iPhone besides Rs, 5 lakh to help her for further studies. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International came forward to help her after watching her story on a local television program. In addition, she is also receiving financial assistance from different charities and kind-hearted civilians.

Despite having no advantages at home, in an interview, she reveals that she lives a very happy life in a confined single-room apartment in Lucknow along with three younger siblings and her parents who allowed her to do what she ever wished for. She aspired to be a doctor for which she had to wait until she gained the minimum age of 18 to qualify for medical school, and therefore she preferred to do the M.Sc. first.

She is not the only genius in her family, her older brother Shailendra, who accomplished his high school at the age of 9, became one of India’s youngest computer science graduates in 2007.

Sushma Verma is a true inspiration for the students who come from economically challenged background. She teaches a significant lesson on accomplishing your dream by going for it regardless of circumstances or difficulties but not by dreaming for it.

Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

  • Hi Mousumi,

    Thanks for this nice post. However i don’t understand with these child prodigies…How can they sit for high school exam at age of 7? I mean isn’t there any rule in India? Do they skip certain levels like 5th standard, 6th and so on to sit at their will in HSC. Even though she would become a MSc at a very young age will she be matured enough to work in a company at age of only 13?

    • Well prodigies have been allowed to cut short their academic journeys in all parts of the world. If you search child prodigies in Google, you’ll find them coming from all continents 🙂

  • Calvin Printer

    Hi Mousumi, I wm with a global Pharma multinational and am interested in some further information from you on this artile. Please let me know how I can correspond with you. Thanks!

    • Hi Calvin,
      You can correspond with us on [email protected]
      In case you want to contact her, you better contact Times Now (India’s leading English News Channel) She was recently featured on “Amazing Indians”
      Let us know how we can help.

      • Calvin Printer

        🙂 thanks, Mousumi, you are very intuitive. That was precisely my objective of wanting to connect and I will reach out to Arnab at Times in this regard. Thank you for your help on pointing me in the right direction. Take care.

        • My pleasure!
          She is such a gifted girl. Hope you communicate with her the soonest.