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15-10-11, 02:19
Hôm nay em mới đọc được bài này ở NYTimes.

Squeezed Out in India, Students Turn to U.S.



NEW DELHI — Moulshri Mohan was an excellent student at one of the top private high schools in New Delhi. When she applied to colleges, she received scholarship offers of $20,000 from Dartmouth and $15,000 from Smith. Her pile of acceptance letters would have made any ambitious teenager smile: Cornell, Bryn Mawr, Duke, Wesleyan, Barnard and the University of Virginia.

But because of her 93.5 percent cumulative score on her final high school examinations, which are the sole criteria for admission to most colleges here, Ms. Mohan was rejected by the top colleges at Delhi University, better known as D.U., her family’s first choice and one of India’s top schools.

“Daughter now enrolled at Dartmouth!” her mother, Madhavi Chandra, wrote, updating her Facebook page. “Strange swings this admission season has shown us. Can’t get into DU, can make it to the Ivies.”

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.

This summer, Delhi University issued cutoff scores at its top colleges that reached a near-impossible 100 percent in some cases. The Indian Institutes of Technology, which are spread across the country, have an acceptance rate of less than 2 percent — and that is only from a pool of roughly 500,000 who qualify to take the entrance exam, a feat that requires two years of specialized coaching after school.

“The problem is clear,” said Kapil Sibal, the government minister overseeing education in India, who studied law at Harvard. “There is a demand and supply issue. You don’t have enough quality institutions, and there are enough quality young people who want to go to only quality institutions.”

American universities and colleges have been more than happy to pick up the slack. Faced with shrinking returns from endowment funds, a decline in the number of high school graduates in the United States and growing economic hardship among American families, they have stepped up their efforts to woo Indian students thousands of miles away.

Representatives from many of the Ivy League institutions have begun making trips to India to recruit students and explore partnerships with Indian schools. Some have set up offices in India, partly aimed at attracting a wider base of students. The State Department held a United States-India higher education summit meeting on Thursday at Georgetown University to promote the partnership between the countries.

Indians are now the second-largest foreign student population in America, after the Chinese, with almost 105,000 students in the United States in the 2009-10 academic year, the last for which comprehensive figures were available. Student visa applications from India increased 20 percent in the past year, according to the American Embassy here.

Although a majority of Indian students in the United States are graduate students, undergraduate enrollment has grown by more than 20 percent in the past few years. And while wealthy Indian families have been sending their children to the best American schools for years, the idea is beginning to spread to middle-class families, for whom Delhi University has historically been the best option.

American universities have now become “safety schools” for increasingly stressed and traumatized Indian students and parents, who complain that one fateful event — the final high school examination — can make or break a teenager’s future career.

This admissions season, students exchanged exam horror stories. One knew a boy who was sick with typhoid but could not reschedule. “I know a girl who saw the physics paper and she fainted,” said Nikita Sachdeva, her eyes widening.

Ms. Sachdeva, 19, graduated from Delhi Public School in 2010, with a 94.5 percent exam score, one point shy of the cutoff to study economics at St. Stephen’s, one of the top colleges at Delhi University. She decided to take a year off and work as an intern at a nonprofit group affiliated with the World Health Organization, while applying to American universities.

But for some students, it is not merely the competition that drives them to apply to study in the United States. It is also the greater intellectual freedom of an American liberal arts education.

India’s educational system is rigid, locking students into an area of study and affording them little opportunity to take courses outside their major beyond the 11th grade.

Only a few courses of study are considered lucrative career paths. Economics, commerce, engineering and medicine have a certain cachet, while English, history and languages are less well regarded. Often students who cannot afford to study abroad end up in less competitive courses, with a contraction of career possibilities.

“If somebody majors in English here, it’s like, ‘O.K., she’ll get married,’ ” said Ms. Sachdeva, who is attending the University of Chicago this fall and is planning to major in economics with a minor in creative writing.

Other students, finding entrance to their dream school in India impossible, have made similar choices. Siddhant Puri had wanted to study computer engineering at one of the Indian Institutes of Technology since he was a child. But after a month of coaching in the 11th grade, he decided it was not for him. Instead, he became the vice president of his high school class and played soccer, and he now plans to study German literature and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Such students have provided a welcome and much needed boon to American universities.

“We’re accepting an increasing number of students, and they’re excellent,” said Matthew Gutmann, the vice president for international affairs at Brown University, which plans to open an office in New Delhi partly dedicated to recruiting students. Undergraduate applications from India have grown from 86 in 2008 to more than 300 for this academic year at Brown.

“India’s a really big country; it therefore has a really big middle class,” said Allan Goodman, the president of the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization based in New York. “They value education so much so they have been saving for education, and they’re willing to invest in education. And our prices are very high.”

The financial strain is considerable. Some middle-class salaries in India are below the poverty line in the West. The difference in tuition between top American and Indian universities is staggering. Tuition at Dartmouth is $41,736 a year, not including room and board, while most of the colleges of Delhi University cost about $150 to $500 per year.

The emotional sacrifice of letting a teenager travel across an ocean is no less acute for some parents. Dr. Chandra spent the days before her daughter’s departure in a near panic. But she has accepted the idea that there is no college in India quite suitable for a young woman like her daughter, who wants to study psychology and who spent the past few months putting the finishing touches on a documentary she is making — on the short shrift the humanities receive in the Indian educational system.

“In the end, I’m glad it happened,” Dr. Chandra said. “She’s been an excellent student, and she’s not used to settling for second best.”
15-10-11, 02:41
Ngoài việc nói về sự quá tải cung không đủ cầu thì bài báo đã chỉ ra một điểm rất đúng của đại học ở India cũng như của Việt Nam, trong đó điểm số là tiêu chí duy nhất để đánh giá một sinh viên có xứng đáng được vào đại học hay là không. Cho nên khi đoạn sau nói "American universities and colleges have been more than happy to pick up the slack" em nghĩ là nó có phần hài hước ở đây. Đại học Mỹ nó đang hớt tay trên của bọn Ấn Độ -- những đứa vừa có khả năng, vừa liều, lại vừa có tiền để đi học.

Vấn đề không chỉ là ở chỗ nhà mình không có đủ chỗ chứa (cho ví dụ, 20% top được đào tạo đại học), vấn đề còn là ở chỗ cái số 20% được chọn đấy lại không phải là số có nhiều tiềm năng nhất. Cái mà Mỹ nó làm được mà Việt Nam và India đều đang vật lộn lại là ở điểm cái tiêu chí đánh giá học sinh như vậy.

Đấy là lý do chắc chắn phải bỏ cái thi chung và tuyển sinh chung đi càng sớm càng tốt.
15-10-11, 02:42
Con bé này xinh thế này học ở đâu mà chẳng được.

Nguy hiểm là cái quan niệm về giáo dục tinh hoa coi như xã hội làm ơn cho người học - thực tế thì phải là người học làm ơn cho xã hội.

Nước ta và diễn đàn ta cũng có những việc kỳ khôi như trong bài báo kia. Có thằng này học dốt bị đuổi khỏi đại học hàng lởm của Việt Nam sau này sang Mỹ vào ngồi mẹ ở Carnegie Mellon là trường số 1 của ngành coding ở Mỹ.

Mỹ có cái quan điểm thực tế, pragmatic lành làm gáo vỡ làm quai ai cũng có hai ba cơ hội thực sự là rất hay.
15-10-11, 13:56
Phải con bé này không chú em Bi?

già rồi
15-10-11, 14:10
Nguy hiểm là cái quan niệm về giáo dục tinh hoa coi như xã hội làm ơn cho người học - thực tế thì phải là người học làm ơn cho xã hội.

Cái này thì anh không hiểu ý Gaup.
Theo anh một xã hội được đánh giá là ưu việt và văn minh thì trong đó có một điều kiện quan trọng là giáo dục và đào tạo phải là phúc lợi xã hội, chứ không phải cứ con nhà giàu thì mới được đi học.

Còn cái tít Bi giật "Học không giỏi phải đi du học" thì lại không đúng với thế hệ anh :D, thế hệ anh cứ thằng nào học giỏi là "bị" ra nước ngoài học hết.
15-10-11, 15:33
Bây giờ vẫn thế thôi anh Già.