Educational Warrior Anand Kumar's Super 30: A Story That Inspired Bollywood...Find Out!
How It Started?
It all started 11 years back when Anand Kumar, a Mathematician, dreamt of bringing students from underprivileged society closer to their aspirations. Even the most optimistic people would have shunned the thought but Anand Kumar kept his belief that success does not differentiate between rich or poor. The talent just needs to be shown the right path and success will eventually follow. So inclined was Anand Kumar towards Mathematics that in 1992 he initiated a Mathematics Society named ?Ramanujan School of Mathematics?. Being a post office Clerk?s son, he studied in Hindi medium government school where he reclaimed his deep interest in mathematics. During graduation, he submitted papers on Number theory.
Although Anand got admission to Cambridge University but could not pursue studies there because of his father?s death and his monetary condition. Kumar studied mathematics during day time and sold papads in the evening with his mother to earn bread and butter for his family. To earn extra money he mentored students in maths.
He rented a classroom for Rs 500 a month, and began his own institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics (RSM). Within the space of year, his class grew from two students to thirty-six, and after three years there were almost 500 students enrolled. Then in early 2000, when a poor student came to him seeking coaching for IIT-JEE, who couldn?t afford the annual admission fee due to poverty, Kumar was motivated to start the Super 30 program in 2003, for which he is now well-known.
Every year in August, since 2003, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics, now a trust, holds a competitive test to select 30 students for the ?Super 30? scheme. About 4,000 to 5,000 students appear at the test, and eventually he takes thirty intelligent students from economically backward sections which included beggars, hawkers, auto-driver?s children, tutors them, and provides study materials and lodging for a year. He prepares them for the Joint Entrance Examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). His mother, Jayanti Devi, cooks for the students, and his brother Pranav Kumar takes care of the management.
Out of 270 students he tutored from 2002-2011 236 students have made an admission to IIT. All of them came from such a poor background that their parents were Hawkers, Auto-drivers, labourers etc. During 2003-2009, 182 students out of 210 have made it to the IITs. In 2010, all the students of Super 30 cleared IIT JEE entrance making it a three in a row for the institution.
In March 2009, Channel Discovery air a one hour show on super 30. He is well known for his achievements and his willing to teach poor students and make their dream come true. Students also supported him in his willingness. His work got more recognition when a movie released named super 30 starred Hrithik Roshan and directed by Vikas bhal.