Yet another classic example of how the premier International Education institutes weigh the actual Intelligence (IQ), creativity and innovation of the students more than marks, while choosing their students. Not that schoolwork isn't important, but it turns out there are other ways to get into elite colleges such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Malvika Raj Joshi, a 17-year-old from Mumbai, was recently received her acceptance letter from the MIT. Despite dropping out during Class VII School, Ms. Joshi was very active in international computer science competitions, which attracted MIT's notice.
It started when Joshi and her family members made that ‘risky’ decision to "unschool" her. It was stress and a growing sense of unhappiness during her school days that led her mother Supriya to take such an unconventional decision. At that time, only one Indian college, the Chennai Mathematical Institute, was willing to admit her. From there, she started competing in the International Olympiad of Informatics, where she was placed for the last three years in computing, with two silver medals and one bronze. MIT noticed and offered her admission in its computer science program.
MIT is one of the best engineering schools in the United States and the world. It comprises of a huge vibrant & participative international community comprising of around 9% student at undergraduate level and around 38% at graduate level. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of students applying to get in are rejected. MIT considers any student who does not hold US citizenship or permanent residency to be an international applicant, regardless of where the applicants resides, and in this peculiar case, MIT has offered admission, to a talented Indian girl, who was a drop-out. Importantly, the MIT has a provision for accepting students who are medal winners at various Olympiads (Maths, Physics or Computer).