–          10-year-old prodigy to enter Harvard this fall – Mexico City: He’s only 10-years old but thanks to an IQ similar to Albert Einstein’s, Luis Roberto Ramirez will begin the next school year studying applied quantum physics at Harvard University. “My dream is to create a company and sell my inventions,” the boy said on a video aired by the Michoacan Radio and Television System. Ramirez, who lives in Zamora, Michoacan, taught himself English at 5 and is now learning to speak French and Chinese. He was identified as highly gifted just two years ago when his parents began to see he had problems relating to other children, and that his priorities and tastes were unlike anything that might be expected of a child his age. It was then he was determined to have an IQ of between 152 and 160, around Einstein’s level. “It makes us very proud but it’s also a big responsibility,” his father, Roberto Ramirez, said. LINK

–          INDIA – A blind Delhi student Kartik Sawhney has repeatedly been denied permission to appear for the IIT-JEE in the past three years because of his disability. However, in March 2013, he was awarded a fully funded scholarship to pursue engineering at Stanford University in the US. This is his story. Appearing from Delhi Public School, RK Puram, he scored 99 in computer science (his favourite subject) and 95 each in English, mathematics, physics and chemistry; his total is 479 out of 500. And in March 2013, Sawhney received a fully funded scholarship to pursue a five-year engineering programme at Stanford University. Once armed with this degree, he intends to “improve the condition of visually impaired back in India”. In this interview, the inspiring young man discusses the many challenges he’s faced to come this far, what miffs him about the Indian administration and tells us what keeps him going. LINK