Without Class XII certificate, Mumbai girl gets ticket to MIT

Without Class XII certificate,  Mumbai girl gets ticket to MIT

The two sisters Malvika and Radha are your typical teens. What sets them apart is the fact that both are school dropouts and they did what they are best at.

Even without Class X or XII certificates, 18-year-old Malvika, made it to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The young girl, who received informal education, had found it difficult to get admission into Indian institutes like IIT, which has a rule that one needs to pass Class XII.
Her sister Radha, 16, is an expert mountaineer and an ace photographer.

Residents of Wadala area of Mumbai, Malvika and Radha are the daughters of Raj Joshi, an engineer and Supriya, who works with different NGOs and does work related to unschooled education and informal education.

“Both the girls were good at studies, but we felt that our daughters needed to be happy in life…it’s more important than mere academics,” said Supriya, on the decision to ‘unschool’ them.

“We both thought that taking them out of school would be risky...we came to a decision and prepared school-like conditions at home,” she said. She designed courses for her two daughters. They were students at the Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly School and their performance was good.

Malvika has bagged two silvers and a bronze at the International Olympiad of Informatics, or ‘Programming Olympiad’ and is now studying Computer Science at MIT, Boston.

Radha is a good photographer and a student of the prestigious Jawaharlal Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports, at Pahalgam, in Jammu & Kashmir, where she bagged the Best Student Trophy 2016.

  Both have not acquired conventional school-college education by sheer choice, they do not have the SSC (10th) or HSC (12th) certificates as proof, but they are far ahead of others.  

The Joshis have sent an example now.

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