Anand Kumar is a mathematician and educator from India who is best known for his Super 30 program, which provides free coaching to underprivileged students for the Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). Since its inception in 2002, the programme has helped hundreds of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their dream of studying at one of India's premier engineering institutions.
Early life and career
Anand Kumar was born in 1973 in Patna, the capital of the Indian state of Bihar. He completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics at the University of Patna and later earned a master's degree in mathematics from the same institution. After completing his education, Kumar began teaching mathematics at a local college in Patna.
The Super 30 Program
In 2002, Kumar started the "Super 30" program, which provides free coaching to underprivileged students for the IIT-JEE. The programme selects 30 students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds each year and provides them with free room and board, as well as intensive coaching for the IIT-JEE. To date, the programme has helped more than 400 students achieve their dream of studying at an IIT.
The success of the Super 30 programme has had a significant impact on the education system in India. The programme has helped to break down barriers for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who previously had little chance of studying at one of India's premier engineering institutions. The programme has also helped to raise the standard of education in the region, as students who have completed the programme often go on to become successful engineers and scientists.
Challenges and criticisms
Despite its success, the Super 30 programme has faced its fair share of challenges and criticisms. Some have questioned the selection process for the program, claiming that it is not entirely fair. There have also been accusations of financial mismanagement and a lack of transparency in the program's operations. However, Anand Kumar and the Super 30 team have consistently denied these allegations and have stated that they have always been committed to providing the best possible education to their students.
Anand Kumar is a remarkable individual who has made a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of underprivileged students. His "Super 30" programme has provided a pathway for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their dream of studying at one of India's premier engineering institutions. Despite facing challenges and criticisms, the programme continues to change the lives of students and inspire others to take similar initiatives.