A home schooled Mumbai girl who is just seventeen years old got into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Without having a certificate of class 10 and 12th Malvika Raj Joshi got a scholarship from MIT. She got this scholarship purely based on her computer programming talent. At the International Olympiad of Informatic she has been a winner three times. It is more commonly known as Programming Olympiad which helped her secure a seat in MIT.
MIT accepts students who are medal winners in subjects such as maths, physics, and computer Olympiads. Unlike several prestigious academic institutions in India.
Without a certificate of class 12th Malvika found it difficult to get admission in IIT. From one of the most prestigious technology institutes in the world she is all set to pursue a degree in computer science now.
Malvika’s mother had decided to not send her to school after class 7th, she used to study in Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly School in Mumbai. Malvika’s mother Supriya was working with an NGO and was helping children affected by cancer this decision of not sending Malvika to school was not easy for her. She decided it was more important for her children Malkiva and her younger daughter Radha, to be happy than to gain conventional knowledge.
Unschooling is a method of continuing school from home where a learner drops out of school and chooses to continue their study from their home and where the learner chooses only those activities that interests him/her as a mean of learning. This encourages the learner to focus only on topics he/she is passionate about. In Malvika’s case it was computer programming.
Parents who are dissatisfied with the education system may choose home schooling for their children such was stated by the government. But the rules regarding homeschooling are still unclear because of the implementation of the Right to Education Act, which makes it compulsory for every child between the age of 7 and 14 to attend school. Although no parents as of now have got into trouble for indulging their children in home schooling, the Indian education system is not designed as per the needs of homeschooled children, and as a result of which it makes it impossible for these kids who have been home schooled to get into college for their further studies.