As Affirmative Action is debated at the Supreme Court in the United States, a similar issue is currently up for debate in India. But in India, it’s not about reserving spots for minorities and the underprivileged. Rather, what’s up for debate is the merits of India’s caste system. The caste system was created about 1,500 years ago (and it’s still in practice today!) and it was used to, according to “The New York Times” article on India university admissions, “organize occupations in a feudal agricultural society. Those at the bottom of the system, now known as Dalits, were forbidden in some places from even allowing their shadows to fall on those at the top, known as Brahmins. Most castes were deemed ‘backward,’ which meant that they were consigned to menial jobs.”
The article describes a student in India who was applying to medical school. On the medical school application, it asked the applicant’s caste. She didn’t know which to choose. Neither did her father. It’s not like what caste you are comes up on a regular basis in India, but, in admissions, it still has its place. After fifteen minutes or so, her father ultimately told her to check the “general” box for caste. And because checking this box offers you no admission advantage, applicants with lower scores earned admission over her. So she ended up turning to dental school, rather than medical school (which she preferred).
In the United States, Affirmative Action favors the underprivileged in our country. In India, the caste system seems to favor the privileged. Isn’t this ironic? Do you think one particular way is better? Do you think both are out of date and out of touch with our current society? Is there a way to improve either system? Let us know all of your thoughts on the matter by posting below! And, while you’re here, check out this post on Ivy League Admission and India.Categories: India University Admission Tags: College Admission in India, India University Admission, India University Admissions, University Admission in India, University Admissions in India
As you’ve likely heard, the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to reconsider the use of race as a factor in college admissions. The case stems from a University of Texas applicant who alleges that factoring race into admissions decisions at UT cost her a slot at a place in the incoming class. In 2003, the Supreme Court made a ruling on affirmative action. In a divided opinion, the Court ruled that race can indeed be a factor in admissions decisions. But nine years have since gone by. Maybe race should no longer be a factor in college admissions. With a more conservative Court than in 2003, this case could well be the end of affirmative action as we know it.
In an election cycle, this could become a major issue at the forefront once again and while many will debate the pros and cons of affirmative action, we want to draw the attention of our readers to a different kind of college admissions discrimination based upon race. It’s not white applicants losing slots to African American applicants. It’s Chinese applicants competing with other Chinese applicants for slots. It’s Chinese applicants with higher test scores and higher grades losing out to non-Chinese applicants. And the same is true for Indian applicants.
The time has come to end discrimination against Chinese and Indian applicants in highly selective college admissions. Some college admissions officers may deny it. Most won’t. It exists. It’s real. It’s time to put it to an end. It’s, quite frankly, shameful that the very institutions that claim to be all about diversity discriminate against certain minority applicants in the college admissions process. Shame on them.Categories: China University Admission, India University Admission, International Students, Ivy League Tags: Affirmative Action, Chinese Admissions Discrimination, College Admissions Affirmative Action, College Admissions Discrimination, Indian Admissions Discrimination
“The Choice” blog of “The New York Times” sat down two days ago with the Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania in the hope of demystifying the Ivy League admissions process for aspiring Ivy Leaguers from India. So what’d Eric Furda have to say? Well, he said that students in India are likely to have “varying levels of English preparation,” inconsistent SAT prep, and often inaccurate information about U.S. universities.
Furda went on to say how the admissions office at Penn is in the process of extending their recruiting reach beyond the major cities of India, beyond Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore. They want to reach students across the nation – in rustic parts of the nation as well as urban parts. One of the major reasons why students in India are applying to U.S. universities is because the competition to gain admission to the elite Indian universities is so tough…so students seek to expand their options.
In terms of numbers, 460 students applied to the University of Pennsylvania in the hope of being a part of the Class of 2015. Of those 460 students, 42 were admitted. That marks an admission rate of just a little bit under 10%. What do you think about these numbers? What do you think about what Eric Furda had to say about Ivy League admission from India? Let us know your thoughts by posting below! And check out this post on the Ivy League and India.Categories: India University Admission, International Students, Ivy League Tags: Ivy League Admission from India, Ivy League and India, Ivy League in India, Ivy Leaguers and India, US University Admission and India
The competition to get into universities in India has been getting tougher. In fact, if the cumulative score on one’s final high school examinations, doesn’t meet a certain standard, you may be not have a very good shot at all at admission to a university in India like Delhi University. So what are students in India doing? They’re turning to the United States – and specifically the Ivy League – when admission proves too difficult in India (or even if they can get admitted to universities in India). And that’s because Ivy League colleges are admitting foreign students. They’re full pays. They don’t get financial aid. In our struggling economy, Ivy League colleges can use foreign students who pay their full way as opposed to admitting American students who need financial aid.
Madhavi Chandra, a mother in India, posted with excitement when her daughter was admitted to the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. She also posted, according to the “New York Times,” “Strange swings this admission season has shown us. Can’t get into DU, can make it to the Ivies.” According to the “New York Times,” “Ms. Mohan, 18, is now one of a surging number of Indian students attending American colleges and universities, as competition in India has grown formidable, even for the best students. With about half of India’s 1.2 billion people under the age of 25, and with the ranks of the middle class swelling, the country’s handful of highly selective universities are overwhelmed.”
India trails only China in the number of its citizens it sends to universities in the United States. With many Indian universities issuing cutoff scores for admission and with international students finding a relatively easier time of gaining admission to highly selective colleges in the United States, the trend seems to make good sense. The percentage of Indian students at U.S. colleges has even grown by 20% in the last few years, according to the “New York Times.” Indeed highly selective colleges like Ivy League colleges are ramping up their recruiting efforts overseas in nations such as India as more and more students turn to our universities in pursuit of American diplomas.India University Admission, Ivy League Tags: Admission to Ivy League from India, India and Ivy League Admission, Indian Students and Ivy League, Ivy League and India, Ivy League Colleges and India
There was article in yesterday’s “Times of India” about how Ivy League colleges are recruiting high schoolers in India. Apparently, the recruiting is becoming so widespread that a large portion of the 18 year-old population in India now seek to attend colleges in the United States. According to the “Times of India,” “Until now, these hallowed schools were considered a favorite destination for disciplines in post-graduation, usually for the elite. But now, with scholarships aplenty, even the bright kid next door nurses such dreams.”
The article mentions how Nikhil Puri got admitted to Purdue University for mechanical engineering and how more students are seeking to study abroad this year than any year previously. It should be noted that Purdue University is not in the Ivy League, contrary to what the article implies! It seems the Ivy League and India could get better acquainted.
According to the article, “City schools testify that there are many more students going abroad this year, as compared to previous years. ‘The greatest difference in placements this year is that nearly every student is leaving India to study abroad, while last year, around 40% chose to remain in India. Many students have elected to study academic subjects at college, as opposed to pre-professional fields, like business and engineering,’ said Caroline Linger, director of academic and college counselling, Indus International Schools.” And according to Paul F. Meekin, headmaster of Trio World School, students aren’t studying abroad just in the sciences and business anymore. They’re going for psychology, history, and sociology.India University Admission, Ivy League Tags: India and US College Admissions, India Students Studying Abroad, Ivy League and India, Ivy League Recruiting in India, University Admission India
Delhi University in India is debating whether or not to continue its policy of having a sports quota for the incoming class of students. Typically, 5% of all seats at a college are reserved for students who have been awarded laurels in athletics or other extracurricular pursuits. But Hindu College, which is a part of Delhi University (think of it like the UC system in California although it should be noted that university admission in India doesn’t resemble the UC admission process one bit), wants to do away with this 5% sports quota and now Delhi University must decide if they should eliminate the policy completely.
Said Vinay Kumar Srivastava, principal of Hindu College, “The governing body has decided to suspend the sports and ECA admissions for two years. We have now written to the university seeking clarification on whether admissions in this category can be abolished without an approval from the executive council. We are waiting for a reply.”Admissions Process, College Admissions, India University Admission, International Students Tags: College Admission in India, Delhi University Admissions, India University Admissions, University Admission in India, US College Admission Mumbai, US University Admission Mumbai