The pains which made Super 30 – Anand Kumar
Here we are with story of a very common man who came up with SUPER 30 meant to work making the poor children study hard, all free of cost, without media attention, and delivering a record 90% success rate. Super Thirty (30) founded by Anand Kumar. here is Sir’s story for you. Our team was fascinated by reading it all and we couldn’t resist ourself from Re-sharing it.
The pains which made SUPER 30, pains faced by a person who was about to go to Cambridge University but failed to go due to his family condition, the person who felt what it meant to be a poor, A person who decided to work for the poor and make them self sufficient.
Anand Kumar ji’s super thirty has been talked about a lot, we are just presenting it our way. Team Sehpaathi Salute you sir for your work and hope that we meet one day.
All about Mr. Anand Kumar the living legend!
Anand Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar. His father was a Clerk in the Postal Department of India. His father could not afford private schooling for his children, and he attended a Hindi medium government school, where he developed his deep interest in Mathematics. During graduation, Kumar submitted papers on Number Theory, which were published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette.
Anand secured admission to Cambridge University,
but could not attend because
of his father’s death & his financial condition!
Kumar worked on mathematics during day time and sell papads in evenings with his mother, who had started a small business from home, to support her family.
He also tutored students in maths to earn extra money. Since Patna University library did not have foreign journals, for his own study, he would travel every weekend on a six-hour train journey to Varanasi, where his younger brother, learning violin under N. Rajam, had a hostel room. There he would spend Saturday and Sunday at the Central Library of Banaras Hindu University and return to Patna on Monday morning.
Teaching Career and beginning of Super 30
In 1992, Kumar began teaching Mathematics. He rented a classroom for Rs 500 a month, and began his own institute, the Ramanujam School of Mathematics (RSM). Within the span 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 2002,
for which he is now well-known.
Every year in May, since 2002, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics holds a competitive test to select 30 students for the ‘Super 30’ scheme. Many students appear at the test, and eventually he takes thirty intelligent students from economically backward sections, tutors them, and provides study materials and lodging for a year. He prepares them for the Joint Entrance Examination for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). His mother, Jayanti Devi, cooks for the students and his brother Pranav Kumar takes care of the management.
THE POWER OF PAIN (Success..)
In 2010, all the students of Super 30 cleared IIT JEE entrance making it a three in a row for the institution. Anand Kumar has no financial support for Super 30 from any government as well as private agencies, and manages on the tuition fee he earns from the Ramanujam Institute.
After the success of Super 30 and its growing popularity, he got many offers from the private – both national and international companies – as well as the government for financial help, but he always refused it. He wanted to sustain Super 30 through his own efforts. After three consecutive 30/30 results in 2008-2010, in 2011, 24 of the 30 students cleared IIT JEE. In 2012, 27 of the 30 students, in 2013, 28 out of 30 students, in 2014, 27 of the 30 students and in 2015, 25 of the 30 students cleared the prestigious IIT JEE examination. Anand Kumar does not accept donation for the programme. His team creates the fund by organizing evening classes in Patna.
Achievements & Recognition…
1. In March 2009, Discovery Channel broadcast a one-hour-long programme on Super 30, and half a page has been devoted to Kumar in The New York Times.
2. Actress and former Miss Japan Norika Fujiwara visited Patna to make a documentary on Anand’s initiatives.
3. Anand Kumar has been featured in programmes by the BBC. He has spoken about his experiences at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, different IITs, University of British Columbia, Tokyo University and Stanford University.
4. Kumar is in the Limca Book Of Records (2009) for his contribution in helping poor students pass the IIT-JEE by providing them free coaching. Time Magazine has selected mathematicianAnand Kumar’s school – Super 30 – in the list of Best of Asia 2010.
5. Anand Kumar was awarded the S. Ramanujam Award for 2010 by the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS) in July 2010.
6. Super 30 received praise from United States President Barack Obama’s special envoy Rashad Hussain, who termed it the “best” institute in the country.
7. In April 2011, Anand Kumar was selected by Europe’s magazine Focus as “one of the global personalities who have the ability to shape exceptionally talented people.”
8. Anand Kumar has been selected by UK based magazine Monocle among the list of 20 pioneering teachers of the world.
He always dreamt of studying in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University but never able to because of poor financial conditions but he never lost hope and damn he made it possible by staying in India.
“He has been invited by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to speak on his globally acclaimed effort to mentor students from the underprivileged sections for admission to IIT”.
That’s all for today, we will come back with a new ray of hope….