Ayush's father is a mechanic. His mother retired as a constable of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force. The teen wants to someday help in reforming the education system in India. "I am one of the three people selected for MIT from India, so I am very happy," he said.
His passion for Physics was matched by his aptitude. He was a topper at the Kendriya Vidyalay in Kanpur, and 2 years ago, he joined a coaching centre run by IIT graduates who work with students who can't afford expensive tuition classes.
"I was introduced to idea of studying abroad at Avanti coaching centre. Mentors helped me in understanding the entire process," he said. When he graduates, he will be the first member of his family with a college degree. He has a younger brother in Class 10.
In 2014, through the same coaching centre, Ayush travelled for a two-week summer course to Yale. He says one obstacle he had to overcome was speaking English. "English is one thing that I could not have learnt from anyone. I hardly had any people with whom I could converse with, I thus resorted to speaking to myself in English. I gradually started to improve."
"God has blessed us that our child will now study abroad," said his proud mother, Manju Sharma.
Ayush will travel to the US to begin his college life in September.