Indian education system exam-oriented, stressful: Neha Ramu

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 07, 2013 19:45 hrs

Bangalore: Indian education system is "exam-oriented and stressful" with focus on memorising rather than understanding, says Neha Ramu, who is believed to have an IQ higher than that of Albert Einstein.

Last month, the 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in the UK stunned everyone after she scored an incredible 162 in her IQ test -- a score even higher than that of world renowned scientists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Neha, daughter of an Indian doctor couple, achieved a score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test -- the highest score possible for her age.

The score puts the teen in the top one per cent of the brightest people in the UK and means that she is more intelligent than physicist Hawking, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and scientist Einstein, who are all thought to have an IQ of 160.

Speaking to PTI after a "success party" hosted by the family here today, Neha said, "Indian education system is very exam-oriented and stressful. What you do is basically memorise and spout out during the exams".

In contrast, there is a practical approach in the UK, where the stress is on understanding and you learn in a way that "stays with you" rather than on memorising.

On her feat last month, Neha remains modest: "Mensa test has not affected me. I know it's not a test of how successful I will be. It just shows that I have the potential do do something".

"It hasn't really changed except that it's given me a bit more confidence that if I set a goal and work hard towards it, I can do it".

Neha still could not figure out how she managed such a high score. "I think I have the blessings of everyone back home in India. But actually, it's pure luck. I did not prepare. I found the test extremely hard", she said.

On her career, Neha said she wants to study in Harvard University in the US or Oxford or Cambridge in the UK which are just as good and be a neurologist as it's field of science where there are areas of "undiscovery" and she wants to "discover more of it".

"I might consider coming back to India to do medical practice", she added.

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