13-year-old Indian girl begins microbiology master's degree
LUCKNOW, India (AP) - A 13-year-old girl is defying educational norms in India and pursuing a master's degree in microbiology after her father sold his land to pay for her tuition.
Sushma Verma says she was able to finish high school at seven and her undergraduate studies at 13 only with the sacrifices of her uneducated parents.
They live with her three younger siblings in a cramped room in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, and live off her father's daily wage of up to 200 rupees (S$4) for construction work.
Her father sold 10,000 sq ft of land for 25,000 rupees to cover some of her school fees. The rest will come from a charity.