Super 30 is a globally-acclaimed residential programme started by Kumar in 2002 for poor students who are trained for the tough programme free of cost. Children of a daily-wage labourer, marginal farmer, shop helper and migrant workers are among the successful candidates.
“We are happy that 28 of our 30 students have made it through the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination this year. The credit goes to the hardworking students and our teachers,” Super 30’s founder-director Anand Kumar told in Patna.
This year’s IIT-JEE result has once again underlined the fact that, with proper opportunity, even students from poor families can reach the prestigious IITs, the institute director added.
“Papa I have done it. Now, I will study in IIT and become an engineer,” a smiling Basant Kumar told his father Satish Kumar, a small farmer in village Maniar Bigha of Gaya district.
“I never dreamt of getting into an IIT. My father still talks about ITI when he refers to IIT, as he is not educated. But he wanted me to study, as he knew only education could change our life,” he added.
Pushkar Kumar, too, was excited, as he broke the news to his father Arjun Prasad, a private school teacher in Phulwarisharief area of Patna. Prasad always brought his son old books, as she could not afford costly books. “But once I reached Super 30 after reading about it in newspapers, things changed for me. Here my parents did not have anything to bother about,” he said.
There were many like Basant and Pushkar, for whom cracking JEE meant a lot more than just results and the prospect of studying in premier IITs.
“We were like a family here and we had just one objective – to study. We did not even watch TV, let alone going to a movie till exams,” recalled Ajit Kumar, whose father is a vegetable vendor in Masaurhi, around 30 kms from Patna
The institute selects talented students from poor families and provides them free coaching, food and accommodation so that they focus only on cracking the IIT-JEE.
Super 30 was started by Mr Anand along with former Bihar Director General of Police Abhyanand over a decade ago. Later, Mr Abhyanand dissociated himself from the institute.
Super 30 was selected by Time magazine in the list of ‘The Best of Asia 2010’.
Students from poor families have to pass a competitive test to get into Super 30 and then commit themselves to a year of 16-hour daily study routine.