Anand Kumar, best known for his Super 30 programme, has been honoured by the British Columbia for his contribution in the field of education.
Posted 12 months ago in Education.
Super 30, the academy of the much-famed math wizard and about-to-be-immortalised-by-Bollywood Anand Kumar, has notched up another record. Twenty-six out of the 30 students who were trained at the institute have cracked the IIT-JEE exams. The results were published recently. In 2017, all the 30 students coached by him had cracked the JEE-Advanced examination held for admissions in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
For the last 14 years, Kumar has been tutoring students from underprivileged sections for IIT-JEE entrance examinations. He has been tutoring them free of cost. He has also been invited to talk at IIM Ahmedabad, British Columbia, Tokyo University, Stanford University and IITs. It is also said that he had helped Amitabh Bachchan in preparing for his role in Aarakshan.
Anand Kumar was born in patna Bihar, India. His father was a clerk in the Postal Department of India. His father could not afford private school for children and Anand attended a Hindi Medium Government school where he developed his deep interest in Mathematics. He had secured a place at the Cambridge University but because of his financial condition, he could not take admission. To support the family, his mother had started selling papads. Kumar used to assist her in the evening. Just to read foreign journals, he used to travel to Varanasi on Fridays and study in the Central Library, BHU and return to Patna on Monday mornings.
Teaching Career and Super 30:
He started his own institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics in 1992. In three years, the crowd of students grew from two students to 500.
It is said that a poor student who wanted to take coaching for IIT-JEE came to him but had no money to pay. It was then the idea for Super 30 came to him. Every year, his institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics conducts a test to select top 30 students from economically backward sections. He tutors and provides them accomodation for a year. His mother cooks for the students and his brother takes care of the management. Kumar has been offered financial help from many private and government colleges but he has refused all of them. In 2009, Discovery Channel had featured a programme on Super 30. The New York Times has also written about Anand Kumar. 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, in 2015, 25 of the 30 students, in 2016, 28 out of 30 students, in 2017, 30 out of 30 students in 2018, 26 out of 30 students cleared the prestigious IIT JEE examination . Kumar does not accept donations for the programme. His team creates the fund by organizing evening classes in Patna.
Awards & Recognition:
Bollywood Director Vikash Bahl will be casting Hrithik Roshan in his upcoming film titled ‘‘Super 30’’. The Film is based on the life and works of mathematician Anand Kumar. The soundtrack is composed by Ajay-Atul. the film was scheduled to hit big screens on Jan 25 will now make it to theaters on July 26. The film was earlier caught in controversy, when its director, Vikas Bahl, was accused of sexual harassment.
Kumar has also appeared on popular Indian Television game show Kaun banega Crorepati in 2017 as a special guest. He won Rs 25 lakh answering seven questions.