Anand Kumar Super 30 is a highly motivating and pioneering Indian educational program that has its roots in Patna, Bihar under the banner of “Ramanujan School of Mathematics”. This ambitious program hunts for 30 worthy students from among the students that belong to the economically backward sections of the society. Its purpose is to prepare them for the most prominent institution of India –the India Institute of Technology (IIT).
It was founded by Indian mathematician Anand Kumar and IPS officer Abhayanand (Bihar cadre). It is like a blessing for all the poor students who wish to crack JEE but cannot afford to take coaching classes. It has proved to be a game changer for such meritorious students by providing them with free study material, food and lodging. Moreover, it charges no fees for such a noble cause.
Conceptualized in 2002, this great program proves that benevolent efforts by any individual go a long way. The success of Super 30 can be see seen in its remarkable rate of selection of students in IITs. This rate of success of Super 30 has made it extremely popular. In the first year itself, 18 out of the 30 students made it to IIT. The application numbers for written exam for the following years soared due to such victory of Super 30 students.
Since its inception, there was no looking back for Super 30. In the 2005 batch, 26 out of the 30 students made it to IIT while in 2006, 28 out of the 30 cleared the examination despite the fact that IIT changed the exam pattern. Moreover, in 2008 all the 30 students of Super 30 program cleared the JEE exam. Such accomplishment by a dedicated teacher like Anand Kumar cannot go unnoticed. It is only because of his selfless efforts and perseverance that such a feat is possible.
The main idea of Anand Kumar Super 30 was to help at least 30 impoverished students. Anand Kumar was even assisted by his mother (Jayanti Devi) in his noble cause, who volunteered to cook for the students. This took care of the students’ basic need, that is, food. Hence, they could focus on their preparation wholeheartedly.
Such is the victory of Anand Kumar Super 30 that Anand Kumar’s former students have also joined his program as teachers. The combined efforts of the teachers and students of Super 30 have resulted in the selection of all the 30 students again in 2009 and 2017 as well.
Following the success and popularity of Super 30, many individuals as well as various institutions have even come forward to provide it with financial assistance for a better infrastructure, for accommodation for more students, etc. However, the team of Super 30 has decided to continue their program without any outside assistance. This makes Super 30 Program differ from other commercial coaching institutes whose primary purpose is to make money.
Due to the hard work of the dedicated team of Super 30, it has gained a few awards as well as well-deserved recognition. It has been selected by Time Magazine in its list – “The Best of Asia 2010”. Moreover, it has also gained praise from United States former President Barack Obama’s special envoy Rashad Hussain, who termed it the “best” institute in India. The “Newsweek” magazine has also taken note of this great initiative and included Anand Kumar’s school in the list of four most innovative schools of the world. Furthermore, Anand Kumar has been conferred with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar (2010), which is the highest award in the field of education given by the Bihar government. This award is just one among the many honors and awards that Anand Kumar and his Super 30 have received.
Anand Kumar’s work has also been showcased by the Discovery Channel in the form of a documentary. He has also featured in programs by the BBC. In addition to all these honors Anand Kumar’s name is written in the Limca Book of Records for his contribution in helping disadvantaged and poor students pass the JEE examination by providing them free coaching.
Anand Kumar has been named by a United Kingdom based magazine “Monocle” among the list of 20 pioneering teachers of the world. He has also been invited by the prominent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and even by the Harvard University to speak on his internationally acclaimed effort to mentor students from the impoverished and underprivileged sections for admission to IITs.
Anand Kumar’s Super 30 popularity has given way to a Bollywood movie by the name of “Super 30”. It will be directed by Director Vikas Bahl featuring Hrithik Roshan. It will be a biopic based on the life and works of Anand Kumar. Anand Kumar has also appeared as a special guest in the popular show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” in 2017 where he won Rs 25 lakh.
Anand Kumar now plans to expand the criteria for selection nationally so that all candidates across the country can take advantage of it. Moreover, this math wizard is also planning to take his initiative online. This is a welcome step from all the students across the territory of India. Such steps will help numerous bright students across India in gaining admission to the finest institute of the country.
The noble effort by Anand Kumar Super 30 program to help the deserving students attain their dream of studying in an IIT is truly commendable. Anand Kumar is an inspiration to all teachers and students alike. He has changed the lives of many with his extraordinary initiative. Anand Kumar’s undying spirit to enlighten the young minds of India is truly praiseworthy. He is a humble genius who has gained worldwide appreciation for his efforts to brighten the future of the most disadvantaged sections of our country. Our country needs more selfless and dedicated teachers like Anand Kumar, only then will the students rise in one of the most important spheres of life, that is, education.
Recently, Mr. Himanshu Goel, the head of Options Coaching Institute and Truemaths online platform, had the chance to meet Mr. Anand Kumar personally. The two experts in the field of Mathematics discussed the various new techniques to make mathematics a less feared subject among students. They pondered upon innovative and effective ways in which students can be taught to help them understand better.
Just like Anand Kumar, Mr. Himanshu Goel also runs a successful platform that caters to the needs of students across India through his online initiative of Truemaths. Truemaths provides with different ways to solve the same Mathematics question that is taught only in one particular way in the schools and hence is difficult for some students to grasp. Truemaths follows the same philosophy as Mr. Anand Kumar of making learning easier and comprehensible for all. It is only through the initiatives of such teachers that we expect our students to achieve great heights.