Sushma Verma, 15, who is the youngest postgraduate student in India, will now pursue research in environmental microbiology at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), Lucknow. Earlier, Sushma, the daughter of a sanitation worker, had topped her MSc microbiology exam from BBAU. She ranks seventh in the University Research Entrance Test in environmental microbiology. Sushma's father, Tej Bahadur, is an assistant supervisor (sanitation) at BBAU while her mother, Chaya Devi, is a housewife.
The vice-chancellor has promised admission to Sushma in the special category to must encourage her talent. In 2005, Sushma, just five then, was enrolled in Class IX at at Meera's Inter-College. and in 2007, she was recognized by the 'Limca Book of Records' as the "youngest student" to pass Class X when she was seven. At 13, Sushma had completed her BSc from Lucknow University. Her brother Shailendra too was a child prodigy and completed his BCA when he was 14. At present, he is working and also pursuing his MCA in Bengaluru. Their youngest sibling, three-year-old Ananya, can fluently read the Ramayana and can also read and recite poems in Hindi and English.