Indian child prodigy invited to join high-IQ club Mensa

Indian child prodigy invited to join high-IQ club Mensa

Akhilesh, whose favourite subject is science, said he was overwhelmed to be compared with geniuses like Einstein. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Maharashtra, India Jul 6, 2016, 02.51 PM (IST)
An 11-year-old Indian boy is being compared to the likes of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking after he scored a whopping 160 in the Mensa IQ Test held in Scotland last month.

Akhilesh Chandorkar from Nagpur district in India's western Maharashtra state was adjudged to be among the two per cent of high intelligent people in the world by the intellectually elite society of Mensa.

Both Hawking and Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160.

Akhilesh, whose favourite subject is science, said he was overwhelmed to be compared with geniuses like Einstein.

"I am very happy to score 160. When I appeared for the test I was expecting 120. But I was shocked when my parents told me about the scores as I was not expecting it," said Akhilesh on Tuesday.

Mensa, an international society of high IQ people, has invited the child prodigy to be a member of the organisation.

Akhilesh's mother, Sonali Chandorkar, said he started showing signs of high intelligence quotient right from his childhood days.

"This is a very proud moment for our family. Akhilesh has always been a bright child but we never imagined that his IQ level would be so high", said Sonali.

"Akhilesh started reading at a very early age. He had always been interested in reading books. I used to get books from him and he used to finish them very fast."

Akhilesh's parents own a tech company in Nagpur and have lived in Scotland for almost a decade while working in the software field. Akhilesh was born in Nagpur but did part of his early schooling in Scotland. The Chandorkars moved back to Nagpur a couple of years ago, but keep visiting Scotland.

Mensa was formed in Oxford in 1946 by Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, scientist and lawyer. The organisation later spread around the world.

(Reuters)

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The 11-year-old Akhilesh Chandorkar scored a whopping 160 in Mensa's IQ Test, thought to equal the score of Einstein and Hawking

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