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Malvika Raj Joshi: 17-year old Mumbai girl who got a scholarship to MIT without a class 12 certificate
A seventeen-year old homeschooled Mumbai girl has just managed to secure an admission in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the most prestigious technology institutes in the world.

Surprisingly, Malvika had struggled to get an admission in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) without a class 12 certificate. She is a three-time medal winner of the International Olympiad of Informatics, commonly known as the Programming Olympiad.

Much unlike Indian academic institutions like IITs, MIT accepts students who are medal winners in various Olympiads in maths, physics and computer.

Malvika who was unable to attain an admission in IIT will now pursue a degree in computer science from MIT.

Malvika's mother Supriya had taken a decision to "unschool" her while she was studying in class 7 at the Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly School in Mumbai. Supriya told PTI that it was a tough decision to take and she took it while working with an NGO and helping children affected by cancer. Supriya decided that it was more important for her two daughters, Malvika and her younger sister Radha to be happy, rather than spending time on learning conventional knowledge.

Unschooling, a recent phenomenon is an educational method of homeschooling where the child choses the activities that interest him or her as a means of learning. This method encourages the learner to focus on the topics he/she is interested in. In Malvika's case, it was computer science.

The Indian government in the past has made several failed attempts of encouraging home learning and stated that "parents dissatisfied with the education system may chose home schooling for their children."

However, the rules regarding homeschooling remain unclear because of the existence of the Right to Education Act, which mandates every child between the age of 7 to 14 to attend school.

Although most Indian parents remain reluctant to opt for homeschooling of their children, the Indian education system is perhaps not designed to cater to the special needs of homeschooling students, making it virtually impossible for them to get college education.

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