Kumar- Super 30 IIT-JEE Coaching
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Anand Kumar's free
coaching centre Super 30, all of whose students have cracked the Indian
Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE 2010) for the
third consecutive year, has drawn the attention of the international
media.The institute selects talented students from poor families and
provides them with free coaching, food and accommodation.
If Super 30 has become an architect for the budding poor talents, it is
not without a reason. Fascinated by mathematics since early childhood, Anand
always dreamt of becoming a mathematician. He started showing
sparks of brilliance since early days. His love for mathematics came to fore
in 1992, when he formed a Mathematics Club, ‘Ramanujam School of
Mathematics’, while he was still in graduation. His mathematical bent of
mind was spotted by renowned teachers, who provided him encouragement. Under
the guidance of his mentor and guru, Devi Prasad Verma, then the Head,
Department of Mathematics, Patna Science College, Anand started a training
programme for mathematics lovers. It was a free programme, which anybody
with interest in Mathematics could join. As months rolled by, Anand
contributed several problems and papers on Mathematics to various national
and international journals, magazines and newspapers.
In 1994, Anand got an opportunity to pursue higher education in Cambridge
University, but his poor financial health came in the way. Having witnessed
extreme financial hardship since childhood, he felt the pangs of poverty so
much that he decided to do something for the poor students, who invariably
fade away without getting right opportunities.This led to the birth of new
form of ‘Ramanujam School of Mathematics’. Here he trained a small group of
students for various competitive examinations at a very nominal fee. For
those who were extremely poor and were in no position to pay even the small
amount, money was never a constraint. They just did not have to pay
anything.After some time, Anand decided to shape his programme seriously to
cater to the poor, but meritorious students more significantly. He called
his brother Pranav Kumar, a talented violinist, from Mumbai and planned to
start the innovative Super 30 programme
Pranav Kumar helped Anand earlier also, but now he was directly involved. He
was entrusted with the responsibility of managing Super 30. After a thorough
screening, 30 poor, but talented students were shortlisted for the Super 30.
Initially, making all arrangements for 30 students,was not so easy, but
Anand’s family extended all help in his endeavour. Anand generated finances
by tutoring students of other schools, while his mother, Jayanti Devi,
cooked food for the students. For the students, there was only one goal – to
study hard.What followed next was rigorous training of the students, and the
results came as a big surprise in the very first year.
It motivated Anand for put in more and more effort along with his team of
dedicated teachers.In the last seven years, 182 students out of 210 have
made to different IITs of the country. In 2003, when Super 30 started its
journey, 18 out of 30 students competed. The very next year, the number
jumped to 22. In 2005, it improved further to 26. Continuing the trend, 28
students made it in 2006 and 2007. However, the ‘magic moment’came in 2008,
when the result was an astonishing 30 out of 30. Super 30 had hit the bull’s
eye. It was ‘a dream come true’ for Anand and his team. Super 30 has done it
again in 2009. It has been 30 out of 30 for the second year in succession.
It was the result of dedicated effort of a committed group of teachers, led
by Anand. A senior police officer, Abhyanand, who is now involved with other
social activities, also played his part in motivating the students by
finding some time off his busy schedule. The role of a group of old students
of Super 30 was also vital. Amit Kumar and Praveen Kumar contributed in
running regular classes for
Bihar's Super 30 hits
Patna, (IANS) With
visits from foreign media teams and extensive features
written about it, Bihar's free coaching centre Super 30,
all of whose students have cracked the Indian Institute
of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for
the third consecutive year, has drawn the attention of
the international media.
institute selects talented students from poor families
and provides them with free coaching, food and
Kumar, the institute's director-cum-founder, told IANS
that the latest to cover the school are the Chinese and
from France's official TV Channel, French 24, came to
Patna Monday to cover Super 30 and its students. The
team shot extensively at different locations all day,'
he said Tuesday.
number one news agency Xinhua carried a detailed story
on Super 30 and how Kumar and his team shapes students.
Monthly, a popular Chinese magazine, also did an
extensive feature on Super 30. Its team recently visited
the institute and Kumar's home. Its latest issue has a
detailed feature with several photographs of Super 30
hostel, classroom and Kumar's profile.
he was happy that Super 30 was getting international
coverage for its work.
He runs the
Ramanuja School of Mathematics in Patna, some profit of
which he uses to run Super 30.
the institute was selected by the Time magazine in the
list of the Best of Asia 2010. It was described as the
Best Cram School in its list.
about 230,000 students take the exam for a seat in the
IITs but only 5,000 grab it.
30 of them came from one coaching centre in Patna,
capital of the impoverished north Indian state of Bihar.
That may not seem like many, but for the Super 30 centre
it's a pass rate of 100 percent,' the magazine said in
its latest issue.
Discovery Channel had made a one-hour documentary on
Japan's frontline channels also made films on Kumar and
his pioneering initiative. One of the films on Super 30,
made by British producer Christopher Mitchell, also won
the Viewers' Choice Award at a film festival in Los
himself missed a chance to study at Cambridge because he
didn't have enough money, gives full scholarships,
including room and travel, to every batch of 30
students. They pass a competitive test just to get into
Super 30, and then commit themselves to a year of
16-hour study each day.
institute was started by Kumar along with Bihar's
Additional Director-General of Police Abhayanand in 2002
in Patna. But two years ago, Abhayanand dissociated
himself from the institute.
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