“The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice.” – Brain Herbert
In this 21stCentury, students barely find the time and hardly spend no time for studying. But the 17-year old Sushma Verma completed her MSc in Microbiology at the age of 15. She is on her way to complete her Ph.D. in Agricultural Microbiology from the prestigious Lucknow University. She is an inspiration to every girl child in the nation who suffer from gender discrimination in education.
“Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
The child born of poverty
Sushma Verma was born on 7th February 2000 in the Bargawan area, outskirts of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Born in a low-income family her parent Chhaya Devi and Tej Bahadur never restricted her or discouraged her from studying. Instead, they supported and encouraged her education and never pressurized her. Sushma also believes that knowledge knows no bounds and her poverty can’t stop her from achieving what she wanted.
“Education is the capital to the poor and interest to the rich.” – Horace Mann
Sushma’s gifted talent was discovered by her parents when she was two years old. She showed her genius by reciting Ramayana at a school function. Sushma’s exceptional skills made her parents to join her in class IX at a tender age of 5 in 2005.In June 2007, she became the Limca Book of Records Youngest Student to complete matriculation in 7 years three months 28 days. She then enrolled in the UP Board affiliated St.Meera’s Inter College to do her higher secondary education.
“Life never stops teaching. So, keep on learning till your last breath.”
The exceptional knowledge and intelligence she possesses made her participate in an IQ Test in Japan. Sushma finished 1st beating every contestant in the competition and leaving the audience in awe. She then cleared her 12th in 2010 and wished to be a doctor at an early age of 10. Her passion towards medicine made her write the Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test (UPCPMT ) entrance exam for medicine.
Though the examination board allowed her to write the exam, they withheld her result due to University rules regarding age constraint. This decision prevented her from becoming India’s Doogie Howser, the youngest doctor licensed doctor. She was depressed with this decision and decided to pursue a BSC in Botany from Lucknow University.
“A person should always be judged by his or her talent and not by age. I am desperate to become a doctor, but the bureaucracy and rules disappointed me.” – Sushma Verma
Sushma Verma cleared her graduation with flying colors in 2013 and joined the prestigious Babasaheb Bhinrao Ambedkar(Central) University (BBAU) to do her Masters in Microbiology. During her days at BBAU, Vice-Chancellor Dr.R.V.Sobti helped her family by offering a sanitation supervisor job on campus. In 2015, she completed her Masters and topped college with a remarkable grade average of 8 points(out of 10). She wanted to pursue her Ph.D.in Agricultural Microbiology and do something to the society by finding a way to make the Lucknow city greener.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Sushma Verma story is an inspiration to every student of the nation. Inculcate the passion and love to do what you want to do. Remember that no one is born to be perfect and successful. But, the perfection, hard work, persistence, and willingness to do will make you successful.
“Every child is gifted with talent. They just need to unwrap their packages.”
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