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Twelve-year-old Indian-American aims to become doctor by 18

A 12-year-ols child prodigy Tanishq Abraham

Los Angeles, May 24 (UITV)- A 12-year-ols child prodigy Tanishq Abraham is all geared up to begin his university life from fall this year to study medicine. Tanishq, a native of Sacramento in California, has been accepted to University of California (UC) Davis and received a Regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz, and intends to study biomedical engineering and become a doctor and a medical researcher by the time he turns 18.

The Indian-American was only seven years old when he joined the community college and creating a record of sorts, he surprised one and all by graduating from American River College in Sacramento with three associate degrees in math, science and foreign language studies last year at the age of 11. His achievement last year had earned the attention of President Barack Obama – who had sent him a congratulatory letter.

Born in California in June 2003, his parents – father Bijou Abraham, a software engineer and mother Taji who is a veterinary doctor – migrated to US from the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Abraham joined MENSA, the prominent high IQ society, when he was only four-year-old. At age seven, he convinced his parents to let him enroll in American River College, from where he passed out with an ‘A’ grade in Geology and Astronomy. He became one of the youngest ever in the US to graduate high school.

“We tested him and discovered that he was pretty smart. We were surprised when he started giving him advanced stuff and he was picking it up really fast,” his father Bijou Abraham said.