India’s youngest post graduate aged 15 to pursue PhD

ProdigyphdSushma Verma, 15, the youngest postgraduate student in India will pursue research in environmental microbiology at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), Lucknow, since 4 PhD seats remain vacant, and the department head will make a special provision for her.

She has already secured 7th rank in the Entrance Test in microbiology.

In 2005 Sushma then just five, was enrolled in Grade IX and in 2007 she was recognised by the Limca Book of Records as the youngest student to pass Grade X when she was 7 years, 3 months old. At age 13 Sushma had completed her BSc from Lucknow University.

Sushma’s father Tej Bahadur is an assistant supervisor at BBAU and her mother Chaya Devi is a housewife. Her brother completed his BCA at age 14, and their youngest sibling Ananya age 3, can fluently read the Ramayana and recite in Hindi and English.