Super 30

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Super 30
Successful Super 30 students
Successful Super 30 students
Location
India Patna, India
Information
Type private
Established 2002
Founder Anand Kumar
Website

Super 30 is an Indian educational program that started in Patna, Bihar, India under the banner of 'Ramanujan School of Mathematics', by Anand Kumar. Established in 2002, the program selects 30 meritorious and talented candidates each year from economically backward sections of society and trains them for the IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for Indian Institute of Technology.[1] Time Magazine has selected mathematician Anand Kumar's school - Super 30 - in the list of Best of Asia 2010.,[2][3] Super 30 received praise from United States President Barack Obama's special envoy Rashad Hussain, who termed it the “best” institute in the country.[4] Newsweek Magazine has taken note of the initiative of mathematician Anand Kumar’s Super 30 and included his school in the list of four most innovative schools in the world.[5] Anand Kumar has been awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar, the highest award by the Government of Bihar in November 2010.[6]

History[edit]

In the year 2002, Anand Kumar, along with an IPS Officer Abhyanand who also had a love for teaching, came up with the idea of Super 30, wherein, they would select 30 talented students from economically impoverished sections who could not afford IIT coaching, through word of mouth and hone their skills and prepare them to crack the IIT-JEE. Anand Kumar's Mother, Jayanti Devi, volunteered to cook for the students while Anand tutored them, and also provided study materials and lodging for a year.

In the first year of the coaching, 18 of the 30 students made it to IIT. The following year saw at least 1000 applications from students for the second batch of Super 30, a written exam was conducted and 30 students were selected. In the year 2004, 22 out of 30 students qualified for IIT JEE and Super 30 got even more applications from hopefuls. This was followed by a murderous attack on Anand in November which he escaped and some more attempts to abort the Super 30 Center. The state government also provided security to him following the attacks and from the 2005 batch, 26 out of 30 students made it to IIT. During 2006, IIT changed the examination pattern despite which then 28 out of the Super 30 students had cleared the IIT JEE, in appreciation of their efforts, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar felicitated the students with a cash prize of Rupees 50,000 each. The following year 28 more students achieved the IIT dream and finally in 2008, all of the Super 30 cleared the IIT JEE. Following this achievement IPS officer Abhyanand who was also a close aide of CM Nitish Kumar, decided to part ways with the original Super30 so he could take this social laboratory to other sectors. Meanwhile two of Anand's former students also joined as teachers for the Super 30 and in the year 2009, all 30 students again managed to clear the IIT JEE.

Also during the same year, inspired by the original Super 30, 'Rahmani 30', founded by Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani Saheb and mentored by Abhyanand was formed. This was followed by many other Super 30s being formed, funded and managed by communities and donations from business men, doctors, etc. There is now a Nalanda Super 30, Ang Super 30, Magadh Super 30, etc. Each center is funded and managed by the community, while Abhyanand remains it's guide visiting the centers once a month. While the original Super 30 had even increased its range to 45 students at one point of time, still operated without any original funding.[7] [8]

Funding[edit]

Following the popularity and success of Super 30, many individuals and institutions came forward to assist financial assistance to Super 30 providing for better infrastructure, for accommodating more students, etc. However, the team decided to continue their efforts without any external financial assistance and restrict the number of students to 30. The program was still being funded only by the coaching classes held by Anand Kumar.[9]

References[edit]

I have a Dream by Rashmi Bansal

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