The 16-year-old is scheduled to receive gubernatorial honors Thursday for completing much of his undergraduate studies and pocketing eight — yes, eight — associate degrees along the way.
How’d he do it? Chari is one of hundreds of students who have taken part in the Richardson Independent School District’s dual credit program, where qualifying students can garner credit for both high school and college at the same time.
Joshua will soon be a Berkner High School alumnus, but at the time this article was published, his only alma mater was Richland College.
[quote_box_right]The Indian Panorama was the First to report this story which is now been picked by other News agencies like CNN[/quote_box_right]
DALLAS (TIP): A Richardson ISD and Richland College student. Aged 16 has earned a world record of 7 A.S degrees while still in his final year of high school.
Joshua Chari, son of Raj & Manjusha Chari of Richardson, Texas has earned a record 7 Associate degrees, moving past the known US record of 4 A.S degrees in parallel with the high school diploma. Joshua achieved this mostly through the “Early College Education” program in some US states which allow high school students to sign up for advanced level classes which give high school and college credit at the same time.
Joshua attended Richland College, Dallas, from where he earned his degrees in Liberal Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical, Bio-Medical, Telecommunications, Software and Computer Engineering. Joshua started taking college credit classes since he was in the 7th grade. He will get his 8th and final Associates’ degree in Mechanical Engineering in May, 2 weeks before he gets his high school diploma.
Joshua has been honored by various government and educational institutions for his stellar academic achievements by proclamations and awards, pictures and videos of which could be seen on the internet. he Texas State legislature has recognized and honored Joshua by passing a bill exclusively in his honor through house bill HR480.
After high school, Joshua plans to go to Univ. of Texas at Dallas, in for a fast-track BS/MS degree with Dual Majors in Bio-Medical and Mechanical Engineering with dual minors in Nano-Technology and Business. He already has a full ride Academic Excellence Scholarship for the entire college studies.
Links to some of Joshua’s TV interviews and honors and articles in the news are as follows:
1. Text of the Bill HR480, honoring Joshua Chari, by the 84th Texas House of Legislature:
2. Dallas Morning News article : http://bit.ly/1Ajo7go
3. Richardson School District Newsletter, Joshua Chari’s article:
4. Richardson Mayor and City Council presenting Joshua with a Proclamation:
5. Dallas County Commissioners and County Judge recognizing Joshua for his achievements at the county
6. WKRC TV channel:
7. ABC TV channel: http://6abc.com/494187.