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Old 11-07-2004, 08:23 AM
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Whizkid set to create world record


12-year-old gets BCA admission

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For 12-year-old Shailendra Verma, born to a daily wage labourer father and an illiterate mother, life certainly starts early. The lad is all poised to become the world’s youngest computer undergraduate, as he has secured admission to the Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) course at Lucknow University (LU).

Shailendra, who cleared his class 10 exams at the age of seven and class 12 exams at age 11, it feels is ike a dream “almost fulfiled”. The wisp of doubt is attributable to the boy’s circumstances, as his father earns only about Rs 70 on days when there is work.The youngster had some intermittent schooling, but never really enjoyed it. “I was always the youngest student in class and the butt of all jokes. While some students would pinch my cheeks, others would treat me as a plaything. The syllabus was never up to my standard as I knew most of it through self-study”, he says with a hint of pride. His father, Tej Bahadur Verma, who has studied till class 8 recalls the day his son disclosed to him his intention of taking the class 10 exams.

“He was only seven and no institution or board would admit him. I sought help from the then chief minister Rajnath Singh. On his intervention Shailendra was allowed to write his exams from the National Open School. He aggregated 55 per cent with 80 per cent in English,” said Mr Verma.

Shailendra then went on to clear his class 12 exams besides notching up decent scores in TOEFEL and SAT, that got him admitted to the BCA course in the Eastern New Mexico University, USA. But for a family that cannot even afford a train ride, America was too far away. It’s a familiar concern that worries them yet again. Even at LU, since the BCA course is a self-finance course, freeships are not permitted. With an annual fee of Rs 25,000 he requires thrice that amount to just pay his fees and more for books.

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanhe...~BCA~admission



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Old 11-07-2004, 09:18 AM
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Heres hoping he can create a better life for his family.

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Old 11-07-2004, 09:46 AM
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I cleared my class 12 exams when I was 15.
His got 4 years on me, and those 4 years really make a HUGE difference... I didnt know how to use a computer was when I was 12, I'm sure I was still pooping myself when I was 7.

So this kid is really amazing!

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Old 11-07-2004, 10:58 AM
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Makes you wonder if he will have any kind of social life..Probably not It could negatively impact his life.

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Old 11-07-2004, 11:12 AM
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Making a better life for his family .. maybe it comes before a social life?

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Old 11-07-2004, 12:01 PM
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Making a better life for his family .. maybe it comes before a social life?
Ditto.

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Old 11-07-2004, 12:46 PM
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The newspaper has reported donations have started to pour in to help the kid. I hope some tech company will sponsor his entire education.

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Old 11-07-2004, 12:47 PM
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The newspaper has reported donations have started to pour in to help the kid. I hope some tech company will sponsor his entire education.
Google you'd think would be all over him

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Old 11-07-2004, 01:08 PM
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Making a better life for his family .. maybe it comes before a social life?
I think you would have to have a social life before you have a family, right?

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Old 11-07-2004, 01:32 PM
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For millions of poor Indians [like the kids father] their earnings is a "hand to mouth existence" Meaning the money they earn goes to feed themselves and nothing else much. They live in huts and shacks and their kids start to work at an young age itself. The highest education they can hope for is to read and write a local language.

Considering his family's social and economic status this kids achievement is really great.

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Old 11-07-2004, 02:29 PM
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In india, there is a vast number of people living under the poverty line..... A number which is double and triple the total population of 60 % of the rest of the nations in the world..... These people does not give stress to education, and the money that they earn are barely able to meet their requirements for the daily bread only....

Considering the financial and social status that this boy's family hails from, it's a huge achievement.... something worth mentioning.....

I hope some company / wealthy person sponsor his higher studies... provided with the right exposure, this kid can attain great heights.....

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This is where, in the U.K.?

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Old 11-07-2004, 03:59 PM
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This is where, in the U.K.?
In India.

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Old 11-08-2004, 05:18 AM
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A fantastic achievement considering the fact that the kid might have studied under streetlights or petromax lights.
Hopefully his future becomes more secured after this news exposure.

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Old 11-08-2004, 05:30 AM
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There are well over 10000 WHT members. If all were active and donated just USD$5...this kid would have his tuituion fees etc paid

But I really hope the best for him.

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