Naina Jaiswal Makes Academic History: Youngest Indian to Earn PhD Doctorate at 22
At the XIII, XIV & XV Convocation Ceremony of Adikavi Nannaya University in Rajahmahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, held on January 31, 2024, Naina Jaiswal, an accomplished international table tennis player, achieved the milestone of becoming the first Indian to receive a doctorate at the age of 22. The ceremony, attended by the esteemed Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Syed Abdul Nazeer Ji, witnessed the presentation of the PhD Doctorate certificate to Naina Jaiswal, bearing Hallticket No. 17102001.
Naina Jaiswal’s academic journey has been marked by early achievements. In 2010, she completed the 10th grade at the age of 8 through the International General Certificate Of Secondary Education (IGCSE) conducted by the University of Cambridge, London. Subsequently, she finished her Intermediate at the age of 10 from St. Mary’s College and obtained a B.A Mass Com and Journalism degree at 13 from St. Mary’s College, Yousufguda, Hyderabad.
Continuing her academic prowess, Naina completed her post-graduation in MA Political Science from Osmania University at the age of 15, making her one of the youngest postgraduates in Asia at that time. At 22, she accomplished the significant feat of receiving a doctorate from Adikavi Nannaya University, with her research focused on “A STUDY ON ROLE OF MICRO-FINANCE IN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT”.
Apart from her academic pursuits, Naina Jaiswal is also a law graduate, having recently completed an LLB alongside her mother. In the realm of table tennis, she holds titles as the National champion and South Asian champion, earning several medals at national and international levels.
The convocation ceremony, a momentous occasion, not only acknowledged Naina Jaiswal’s academic journey but also conferred an honorary doctorate upon Sudha Murthy, the chairperson of Infosys Foundation. The event celebrated the achievements of these remarkable women, marking a significant moment in the education landscape of India. The recognition is a testament to Naina Jaiswal’s dedication to both academia and sports, inspiring aspiring individuals across the nation.