For Lucknow’s Sushma Sky is the Limit


At a time when the country is in the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign mood, one girl in UP’s Lucknow is a perfect example of how if given a chance to spread their wings and fly, girls in today’s day and age are second to none.

India has often been prey to medieval mindsets where girls are discouraged from going to school and getting educated. Women in some parts of the country are still seen as typical homemakers who are supposed to stay at home, do household chores, take care of family and serve instead. But like Dylan once famously sang – Times they are changing.

One girl in Lucknow is now a Master of Science at a tender age of 15.

Sushma Verma from a very early age had a penchant to break records. She cleared the class 10 exam at the age of seven. Despite odds she managed to clear her Masters in Microbiology from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University. This in her class where her classmates were eight to nine years older than her.

She cleared the course with flying colours with a grade point average of 8.


Signs of a spark of brilliance in her first came to light when she recited the Ramayana at a local school function at the tender age of two.

None had ever imagined that the daughter of a sanitation worker employed in the University campus will one day do wonder’s.

Born in a family of geniuses, her elder brother Shailendra completed his graduation in Computer science at the age of 14 and cleared matriculation when he was nine.

In 2007, she entered the Limca book of Records as the youngest student to clear class X exams.

Sushma now wants to pursue PhD, perhaps in agricultural microbiology.


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