Anand Kumar gets national award for contribution in field of education

Meet Anand Kumar, the Founder of Super 30, a true magician who helps convert dreams of students of economically backward sections, into reality.
Anand Kumar, founder of Bihar-based ‘Super 30′ educational programme, was honoured with the ‘Maharishi Ved Vyas national award’ by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal for his contribution in the field of education. The award for year 2014-15 was bestowed upon Kumar last evening at a function organised in Bhopal on the occasion of Independence Day.

The award is given annually by state government for outstanding contribution and creativity in the field of education. It carries a citation and cash prize of Rs 2 lakh. During his address, Chouhan appealed to youths to become entrepreneurs even as he claimed the growth rate of the state is the “highest” in the country. Kumar said such awards motivated him to do better.

“These awards and honours give me motivation to do even better. It shows that society is sensitive to the needs of the poor and anybody making even a small effort for their uplift is recognised. That in itself is a big motivation. I hope I will continue my work with greater passion”, Anand Kumar said. Under the innovative educational programme, launched by Kumar in 2002, 30 meritorious students from the economically-backward sections of the society are selected every year and are trained to crack the country’s prestigious IIT exams.

Most of the students of mathematician Anand Kumar’s Super 30 come from humble socio-economic and rural backgrounds.  The students are offered free coaching, food and lodging facilities under ‘Super 30′
Anand Kumar rented a classroom for Rs 500 a month, and began his own institute, the Ramanujam School of Mathematics (RSM). Within the space 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 2003, for which he is now well-known.

Every year in August, since 2003, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics, now a trust, holds a competitive test to select 30 students for the ‘Super 30’ scheme. About 4,000 to 5,000 students appear at the test, and eventually he takes thirty intelligent students from economically backward sections which included beggars, hawkers, auto-driver’s children, tutors them, and provides study materials and lodging for a year. He prepares them for the Joint Entrance Examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). His mother, Jayanti Devi, cooks for the students, and his brother Pranav Kumar takes care of the management.