honours Super 30 founder with top award
Anand Kumar, who founded Bihar's free coaching centre Super 30
that has helped many to enter the Indian Institutes of Technology
(IITs), was conferred Wednesday the state's highest award in
filmmaker James Cameron was all ears when Anand Kumar, who founded
Bihar's Super 30 free coaching centre for students, narrated the
real life stories of hope that his institute has generated year
"Cameron told me it was amazing to listen to my real life stories
of hope. He was so impressed that he hinted at using such stories
with people across the world," Kumar, who shared the platform with
Cameron during the Innovation and Knowledge Conference in Lavasa,
Maharashtra, told IANS.
Kumar's Super 30 centre has helped many poor students enter the
prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
He said Cameron, the acclaimed Canadian filmmaker of "Titanic",
"Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avataar", appreciated his efforts and
promised to visit Patna.
The conference was held at Hill City of Lavasa Friday in
association with Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) to
promote innovation in diverse fields.
Kumar said it was a matter of great pride that a teacher like him
was given an opportunity to speak before such distinguished
personalities. "It was an honour for my state also where I grew up
and started my institute," he said.
He said he narrated some untold stories of young and talented
underprivileged students from Bihar and their journey to the IITs.
It drew tremendous appreciation from the audience, Kumar added.
"They clapped when I narrated my journey of the boy next door in
the backwaters of Bihar, who struggled to carry on his studies due
to extreme poverty, to a harbinger of hope for the poor students.
"It has ushered in a silent social revolution, which has
transformed many a family. But it is just a small effort," he
said, adding his dream was to set up a school for the poorest of
In the last three years, all 30 students of Super 30 have made it
to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted by the IITs.
Since 2003, 212 students of the institute have made it to the IITs.
Kumar, who himself missed a chance to study at Cambridge
University because he didn't have enough money, gives full
scholarships to every annual batch of 30 students.
They have to pass a competitive test to get into Super 30 and then
commit themselves to a year of 16-hour study each day.
Kumar, who started the Ramanujam School of Mathematics in 1992,
founded the Super 30 in 2002.