13-year-old Sushma Verma is moving along with educational opportunities earned after graduating from high school. The Pioneer posted on Sushma’s award:
Sulabh Makes It Easier for Youngest Graduate By Uttar Pradesh
Sushma was given a cheque of Rs 8 lakh to continue her studies, by founder of NGO Sulabh Sanitation & Social Reforms Movement (Sulabh International) Bindeshwar Pathak. She also got an iPhone, iPad, laptop, desktop and LED television set.
The benefactor, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, reports on Sushma’s family history.
Child prodigy gets help to fulfil dream By Sanjay Pandey
While giving the cash award to Sushma, daughter of Tej Bahadur Verma, a daily wage labourer, Pathak promised to provide housing facility near university campus to ensure better environment for the bright student.
This has come as a boon to the family as it had to sell their land to pay for the girl’s education.
Her father earns barely Rs 200 a day to feed a family of five who live at a one-room home in Lucknow.
Pathak said the girl was an inspiration for students. “With the prize money, Sushma can fulfil her requirements. We will extend all support to the child even later on,” he said.
With the receipt of almost 13,000 US dollars, Sushma Verma has big plans for furthering her formal education.
Lucknow: 13-yr-old Sushma Verma to pursue M.Sc. By Preeti Panwar One India News
Presently, Sushma lives in a small room with also includes kitchen in Lucknow. She told a newspaper, “I am happy with what we have. Of course, I too want a lot of things. But I thank god for giving me the gift of learning.” But Sushma is now worried about her age. “After MSc I will not be able to sit for CPMT because of my age. So, I will do a PhD”, she said. 13-yr-old has beaten all odds to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. She also said, “I miss a better atmosphere, a better neighbourhood. But then, there are a lot of dreams… all of them cannot be fulfilled.”
She also learned some practical issues in her short life.
Child prodigy bats for homeschooling Indian Express
The “business-minded” schools of today “waste a lot of their time organising annual day functions, teachers’ day and other events where the students have to dance”, believes the 13-year-old child prodigy, Sushma Verma.
The solution, according to her, lies not very far from the child’s home. It is the home.
“Currently, the education system takes a year to teach ABCD. But if you want, you can teach that to a child in a week,” Verma said during a felicitation ceremony organised for her by Sulabh International.
In a message to students her age, she advised them against blindly listening to and following their teachers, which, she says, children do because they are not aware of their potential. They should, instead, “ponder over what is being told to them in their own minds.”
This young lady is passing along some common sense. Listen and ponder. Pursue passions to encompass that love of learning.