From: "pxxxx mxxx" email@example.com"
congrats for MIT..m a 1st year student in bpgc...i knw its kinda early but jus wanted 2 know how u got thru nd wat ws ur GRE score...btw did u do sm coachin or nythin..
Now, how do we address this insanity?
- P, no, there are no tution classes in how to get to MIT, or how to create a new musical 'Rag', or how to run Pepsi Co., or how to create a new 4 GHz processor.
- P, you can start preparing for GRE by writing your emails with proper words, instead of "prpr wrds"...
If you surmised that P got into India's 'top-class' engineering by rote learning, remembering books and solving a million problems one by one, you are very close to the truth. He must have attended coaching classes from his 5th standard, esp. for 10th, 12th, IIT, BITS, CET, AICTE exams. The last 5 exams are to be given within 1 month of each other. No wonder P thinks that even MIT admissions are of the same level as BITS/ IIT. I wish I could ask him to take tutions from Raghu and Suresh in BITS, but that would be atrocity against my dear ex-colleagues.
If you are an Indian student, this situation is fairly common for you. If by some design you were good at playing chess/ painting, interested in language and/ or history, hopeful to start a school or a hotel, your middle-class father/ mother would shout on you, your friends would lampoon you, and your grand-mother would start daily fast to urge the gods to change your mind. Then, when it comes to admission, they will even choose which stream is good for you, because there is great market for it. Failure to do so, is to fail your parents in life.
Thanks to the Indian government's tyrannical control of education, it is hard to change the way schools operate and how students learn. Even today, government meddles in education, and would not even allow top-ranked foreign universities in India. This has produced such students, for whom learning is within the bounds of textbooks, within the walls of a school (or worse, a tution class) and within limits of religion.
And Maha wants to explore how to enhance schools by introducing intervention programs, with various real-life activities added to school curriculum. More power to her !