Bollywood rises for child prodigy, comes forward to help daughter of a daily wage labourer to fulfil her dreams
Piyush Srivastava | MAIL TODAY | Lucknow, September 3, 2013
Bollywood is known for its philanthropy.
This time it has come forward to help the child prodigy from Lucknow who scored a first class in her BSc exams.
13-year-old Sushma Verma, who is the daughter of a daily wage labourer Tej Bahadur Verma, is currently pursuing MSc (Biotechnology) in Lucknow University (LU).
Lyricist Javed Akhtar has sought details about her educational plans. “Although I don’t want to talk about it at the moment because I want my daughter to concentrate on her education and stop thinking about other things, it is true that some members of the Bollywood have shown interest in her career and want to finance it. Right from her education to hostel fees, they have been assessing her needs”, Verma said.
Prof Manoj Dixit, proctor of LU said, “We have also received offer from Abhishek Patil of SKF Foundation, Kolhapur to finance her education. The university is also ready to waive her hostel fees.” Sushma initially wanted to do MBBS. But she couldn’t appear in the test before attending the age of 17 years. So she decided to change her mind and opted for higher education.
Sushma’s elder brother Shailendra is equally brilliant.
He cleared Class 10 from National Open School at the age of seven with 55 per cent marks.
He earned his bachelor degree in computer application from LU at the age of 14 with 75 per cent marks and is currently pursuing MSc in computer from St. John College in Bangalore.