Anand Kumar, the man behind Super 30, a free coaching centre where 8 out of every 10 students crack IIT entrance
He could not attend Cambridge due to poor economic condition. But now, his unique educational program has got a global recognition. Meet Anand Kumar, the Indian mathematician, who has also been invited by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to speak on his globally acclaimed educational program – Super 30.
Anand Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar, in 1973. Anand attended a Hindi medium government school, where he developed his deep interest in Mathematics. During his graduation, Kumar submitted papers on Number Theory, which were published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette. Anand secured a place in Cambridge, but due to financial constraint, Anand could not attend Cambridge University.
Anand has witnessed extreme financial hardship since childhood. During day time, Anand would work on Mathematics and in the evening, he would help his mother to sell papads to support the family. To earn extra money, Anand also tutored students. On weekends, Anand would travel a six-hour train journey to Varanasi to study at the Central Library, BHU, since Patna University library did not have foreign journals.
Anand decided to do something for the poor talented students; whose dream fades away for the poor financial health. That is how Super 30 was born. Anand Kumar started Super 30 in Patna, under the banner of Ramanujan School of Mathematics in the year 2002. For Super 30, Anand selects only 30 meritorious candidates each year from economically backward sections of society and trains them for the IIT-JEE.
Till now, over hundreds of students have clicked IIT-JEE through Super 30 program. Students are provided absolutely free coaching, lodging and food during the program. Super 30 was selected by Time Magazine in the list of Best of Asia in 2010. Super 30 has also been included in the list of four most innovative schools in the world, by Newsweek Magazine. In 2010, Anand Kumar was awarded with the Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar, the highest award by the Government of Bihar.