Muhammad Fadi (18), who has roots in Niramaruthoor in Thirur, Kerala, has secured admission in the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE), the alma mater of Indian stalwarts like Dr. BR Ambedkar, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Interestingly, the youngster had studied in regular schools that are run by the government in Britain, from class four.
Fadi attributes his splendid achievement to his systematic approach to academics and active participation in co-curricular activities too.
An academically bright student, Fadi had scored ‘A’ stars for two subjects and an ‘A’ for another in the sixth form, which is equivalent to the higher secondary course in India, to secure a place at the iconic institution. This indeed is an amazing feat when the criterion for admission was just ‘A’ for two subjects and ‘A’ star for one paper. From age 15, Fadi had been dreaming of pursuing his higher education at either one of the three premier institutions in London - University of Cambridge, University of Oxford or at the London School of Economics.
Focussed preparation helps
The youngster says that he had even changed schools in the sixth form to help him achieve this dream. He shifted to the well-known Harris Westminster Sixth Form School which specifically trains the students to secure admission at some of the high-profile universities and institutions in the UK. At this school, Fadi was an active member of the football, badminton, geography and economics societies. He regularly took part in the weekly discussions and debates that were conducted by these clubs. He had mentioned this in his personal profile that he had submitted along with his application to the universities. Besides this, an excellent evaluation note by his teachers too had helped him secure a seat for the famed BSc Economics graduate course at the LSE.
Fadi says that his life’s mission is to study about the modern economic techniques that are widely used in the developed nations and to adopt these to the social and cultural scenario of the developing countries like India to alleviate poverty.
Family's Indian roots
Fadi is the son of Niramaruthur native Valappil Shareef who had completed an MBA course from the London School of Commerce in 2004. After completing his studies, Shareef had settled in London. Meanwhile, Fadi had studied until class three at the MES schools in Mangalam and Thirur. He then migrated to London with his family.
As his family had permanent residency certificate, Fadi easily got admission at the public schools in London. There, education up to the sixth form is completely free. Fadi says that there aren’t many private schools in London and most students attend government schools as they offer quality education.
His mother is Fousia and has a sister, Marwa.