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School out! 10- year- old wonderkid to stand tall in university.

THE ADMISSION committee of the Lucknow University (LU) had lately been wracking its brains over an exceptional case -- whether or not to induct a 10-year-old girl in its BSc course.

After some serious deliberation, the panel concluded that since Sushma Verma had already cleared her matriculation and intermediate examinations, she was entitled to study graduation courses.

Sushma's track record has been consistently stunning. She cleared class X with 59 per cent marks from the UP Board in 2007, when she was only seven. This year, she passed the intermediate exam with 62 per cent marks from St Miraj Inter College.

Her admission to the LU was initially withheld because of her age. However, she moved an application before the committee, urging it to reconsider the decision because she didn't want to waste a year and miss the academic session of 2010. "There is no specific mention of the minimum age limit in the rule book of the university. So, Sushma can be given admission," the committee observed, responding to her plea.

According to university spokesperson S.K. Dwivedi, the committee was of the unanimous opinion that such students should be encouraged.

"While deciding Sushma's case, we have reached the conclusion that such students who have cleared their intermediate this year with good marks should be admitted for graduation courses," Dwivedi said.

"Their age shouldn't be a bar. In fact, it is a proud moment for us to have a 10-year-old undergraduate who is confident of excelling in life," he added.

Sushma's achievement is all the more creditable because she comes from a family which has limited means. Her father Tej Bahadur is a daily wager at the school she completed her intermediate course from.

Sushma's brother Shailendra Verma, too, is a child prodigy, having secured admission in LU's Bachelor of Computer Applications course in 2009, when he was only 14.

He, however, opted for a career in website development. " My son is doing something extra- ordinary. Big companies have hired him to tweak their websites," Shailendra's homemaker mother Chhaya Verma said.

" My daughter will take admission in the CMS Girl's Degree College, which is affiliated to the LU. She has opted for zoology, botany and chemistry," Bahadur. a class eight dropout, said.

" At the same time, she is preparing for medical entrance tests. Sushma wants to become a doctor," he added.

Not only is Sushma a budding talent, the wonder kid is grounded as well. " There is nothing extraordinary about us.

It is just that my brother and I take our education seriously.

This is because my father is a dropout and mother unlettered.

My dream is to open a hospital to treat poor people free of cost," she said humbly.

St Miraj's principal Anita Ratra was full of praise for her. " She is an excellent student with a special flair for graphics. She secured a first division in her Class XII exams," Ratra said.

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Date:Dec 30, 2010
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