India’s one of the top ranking student prefers University of Pennsylvania over the IITs

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Lakshya Sharma earned a 100 percent scholarship, worth more than $300,000

Lakshya Sharma (Courtesy of twitter)

Lakshya Sharma from Lucknow has bagged All India Rank 10 in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2017 and topped the IIT Kanpur zone. But, he decided not to take any IIT seat and is all set to move to the United States.

Sharma earned a 100 percent scholarship, worth more than $300,000, for a dual degree course of engineering in Computer Science and Bachelors in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania –  an Ivy League university which is among the top eight universities in the world, Hindustan Times reported.

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“The unique aspect is that after completing the four-year course, I will get B Tech in Computer Science and B Sc in Physics, with the options open either to pursue post graduation in physics or further study computer science,” Sharma told HT.

“The Physics degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania will open up roads into a research career for me. On the other hand, the Computer Engineering degree will help me further pursue my childhood interest in computer science,” he said.

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Sharma further told the newspaper that he wanted to contribute to society and leave his mark on the world so he wanted to do more than just a white-collar job. Sharma, who is interested in doing research in Theoretical Physics, thinks US universities will provide more prospects and scope for research than Indian universities.

According to HT, Sharma will join the University of Pennsylvania in August. He completed Class 10 from Lucknow and then moved to Rajasthan’s Kota for better coaching. He is now enjoying a vacation with his parents, who are settled in Canada. His father is a charted accountant and mother is a post graduate in Zoology. His sister is currently studying medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.