Anand Kumar: Tale Of A Living Legend
Anand Kumar better known for his Super 30 programme was born on 1 January 1973 in Patna, Bihar. His love towards mathematics was visible in his zeal for learning since childhood and that culminated in the formation of a study group for underprivileged “Super 30”.
Born into a lower middle family, Anand Kumar could attend only a Hindi medium government school and get average education. His father being a clerk in the postal department wasn’t able to send his genius child to a private school for better education but nothing stopped Anand Kumar from attaining the best education.
Anand Kumar’s work on number theory was featured in the Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette during graduation. He even secured admission to Cambridge University and received grants from benevolent donors but couldn’t attend the foreign university due to his father’s death and the resulting financial constraints.
His love for mathematics kept him going to places in search for education. He tutored students to earn extra bucks and sell papada with his mother to help her in meeting the finances. For education, he travelled to Varanasi that is 6-hours journey from Patna to find foreign journals not available in Patna university.
In 1992, Anand Kumar started his tuition centre from a rented room. He named his institute the Ramanujan School of Mathematics (RSM). Soon he became popular and start getting a large number of students in his coaching centre.
In 2002, Anand Kumar came up with the idea of teaching 30 underprivileged students for IIT-JEE. He prepared a test paper to select students and started giving tuition to selected students. And the result of the Super 30 were amazing.
During 2003-2007, 391 of 450 Super 30 students passed the test. And from 2008-2010, all the Super 30 students passed the test. Today, Super 30 has become a prestigious education centre for IIT-JEE coaching.
• Global Education Award 2018 by Malabar Gold & Diamonds in Dubai
• S. Ramanujan Award 2010
• Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
• Shiksha Puraskar 2010
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