Anand Kumar and his Super-30

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While reading success stories of great professionals our body stimulates a motivational enzyme, consequently, we all wish to emulate those professionals on the road to success. Here is presenting you one such motivational story which is about to hit the theatres today.

Just imagine the kind of work which Anand sir would have done that his biopic is being released today with his role being played by the acting maestro Hrithik Roshan. For those of you who don’t know about Anand Kumar, here is the story of hard work done day in and day out by him to empowering the talent from the economically weaker section of the country and blessing them with the access of knowledge.

A snapshot from the Super-30 film

Anand Kumar is an Indian educationist and mathematician who was born and brought up in Patna, Bihar. Being born as a son of a post office clerk, he studied in a Hindi medium government school where he developed a deep interest in mathematics. He did his graduation in mathematics from Patna University where the papers on Number Theory submitted by him were published in the reputed journals.

Although he had secured a seat in the prestigious Cambridge University for his Masters, he couldn’t make to the university because of the sudden demise of his father and family’s monetary condition. He used to study in the day time and sell papads in the evening with his mother to earn bread and butter for the family. To earn extra money, sometimes he even mentored students in mathematics. 

In those days, the Patna University library didn’t have access to foreign journals. So, to study them, he used to travel every weekend to Varanasi where his brother was staying in a hostel while learning violin from N. Rajam. Thus, he would reach every Saturday after a six-hour journey to Varanasi, and spend time in the Central Library, Banaras Hindu University and return to Patna on Monday morning.

He took teaching as a profession in 1992 and started with a rented classroom for Rs 500 per month and named the coaching after the famous Indian mathematician Ramanujan as the Ramanujam School of Mathematics (RSM). Within a year, the strength of class grew from two students to thirty-six. And after just three years, his class strength was over 500.

Anand Kumar teaching mathematics at the Ramanujam School of Mathematics, Patna

In the 2000s, he came across a poor student who came to him for seeking coaching to prepare for IIT-JEE. As he didn’t have enough resources to fund his annual admission fee to a coaching institute, he came to Anand sir for help. This motivated him to start the Super 30 program in 2003, which is a well-known name in the education space today.

Every year in the month of August, the RMS, now a trust holds a competitive entrance test to select 30 students for the ‘Super 30’ batch. The test is given by over 4,000 students, of which eventually 30 are selected. These students who appear for the test are from extreme economically backward sections of the country and are usually the children of street-hawker, beggars, peasants, daily wage labors and auto drivers.

The selected 30 students are provided mentoring and lodging for a year by Anand sir where he prepares them for the IIT-JEE. His brother Pranav Kumar takes care of the management of these students while the food for them is prepared by his mother Jayanti Devi.

Out of the 510 students tutored by him, 469 students have got into IIT making the success rate of this Program about 91 percent, which is a record in the country. Also, in 2010, all the 30 students of the batch got an admission into IIT making it a hat trick for the institution.

Being impressed by his work, the former President of the United States of America offered him assistance. This was not the first time he was offered help, over the years, he has been offered help from several individuals but till date, he has never accepted any sort of help, irrespective of the helper.  

His work has been published in the famous TIME’s magazine and Discovery Channel also broadcasted an hour-long show on his journey and Super 30. In 2017, he was also awarded the prestigious Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Award for Creating a Livable Planet Earth from Shri Ram Naik, the honorable Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

Anand Kumar receiving the prestigious Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Award for Creating a Livable Planet Earth from Shri Ram Naik, the honorable Governor of Uttar Pradesh in 2017.

For the last 17 years, he and his “30-Super Students” have been making the headlines. Each year, when the result of IIT entrance examinations is declared, we get to see the visuals of 27-28 and sometimes seven all 30 students smiling. And somewhere between them, you’ll spot a teacher in a simple cotton shirt and trousers standing tall proudly over the achievements of his students. That is ANAND SIR. The man who has been identifying and polishing the talent from the remotest and extremely poor background of the nation and has continuously given them a platform to shine.

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