Kasibhatta Samhita is a child prodigy for sure. When lakhs of 16-year olds have failed to obtain the all important pass grade in the SSC exam this year, this 11-year old girl created history of sorts by clearing the examination with an impressive 8.8 Grade Point Average (GPA).
Said to be the youngest ever to clear the 10 class examinations in the State, the 5 class student of Nalanda Schools in Vengalarao Nagar here obtained special permission to write the SSC exams and surprised everyone. Though the new grading system will not reveal her marks, she has probably scored highest in Maths subject.
The impressive part was she didn't go through the stress generally associated with the public exams. “I was pretty confident as I cleared several internal tests of my school and did pretty well,” she said. The thought of writing SSC examinations was infused by her teachers who realised her potential in the class.
“She is a special talent and we nurtured it carefully,” says Suryanarayana Raju, director of the Nalanda Group. Realising her potential, the school offered her free education.
Samihita says her parents role has been immense. Her father L.N. Kasibhatta, who used to work for Boeing in the USA, left the cushy job and moved to India seeing her child's potential. “I wanted her to study in India and just shifted. Her amazing memory skills and understanding capabilities surprised me.
At the age of two she could tell the capitals of 200 countries,” says the proud father. Her mother Geeta, who works with Satyam, reminds that she is not a book worm. In fact, she enjoys playing with her friends like any normal child.
Samhita proudly shows the appreciation letters from former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to whom she had written a letter suggesting measures to improve Indian economy. What will she do now?
“Mr. Abdul Kalam is my inspiration and I want to be a scientist like him,” she says adding that she wants to make India proud with her achievements.