Shusma Verma at the mere age of fifteen has been accepted as a PhD student at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) in Lucknow, becoming the youngest PhD candidate in our country. She had already registered her name in the Limca Book of Records in 2007 as the youngest student to clear class X exam. It can actually be said that her family has brought a progeny of geniuses as her older brother Shailendra became the youngest computer science graduate in India at the age of 14 in 2007.
Sushma was determined about her career path from the very beginning. At the age of ten she gave the Uttar Pradesh Combined Premedical Test (UCPMT) due to her wish of becoming a doctor. But according to university rules, her result was withheld and she was not allowed to pursue her goals then. In an interview, Sushma mentioned her disappointment back then and urged that people should be judged according to their talent and not by their age. As per the rules, Sushma needed to be 17 years of age to pursue her medical studies. She got her Master’s Degree in Microbiology at the University of Lucknow when she was 13.
In a country like India where more than 30% of the girl population is discouraged from going to school, Sushma has set an example that would not dim for a while. Coming from a poor family with limited financial resources, she has made hard work and determination her only strength. Her difficulties has never made her bow down before tough circumstances and the nation can hope that she goes on achieving what she desires. India needs more bright daughters like Sushma.
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