It was stress and an increasing sense of unhappiness during her daughters’ school days that led Supriya to take such an unconventional decision.
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“In India, people are still not very aware about the term “home schooled” or “unschooled” as it is commonly referred.
It also took some time to convince Malvika’s father Raj, an engineer who runs his own business.
MIT, with five schools and one college which contain a total of 34 departments, is often referred to as among the world’s top universities.
The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well.
For three consecutive years, she was among the top four students who represented India at the Programming Olympiad.
Madhavan, who prepared Malvika for all three Olympiads, spoke about her brilliance.
Malvika was doing well in school but somehow I felt that my children (she has younger daughter Radha) need to be happy.
Happiness is more important than conventional knowledge.” “I was working with an NGO that takes care of cancer patients.
Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) was the only institute where she got admission where she enrolled into MSc level course as her knowledge was on par with BSc standard.
“There is absolutely no question that Malvika’s admission to MIT is based on her superlative achievements at IOI.
“I don’t want to misguide other students and parents into believing that pulling their children out of the education system is the key to success.” When questioned if more parents want to know about her daughter, Supriya laughs as she says, “They are all interested in knowing how to get into MIT.