He coaches underprivileged IIT-JEE aspirants. He finances their study and lodging. He is an Indian Mathematician and a columnist for several national and international journals. He is famous for his Super30 initiative, which he began in Patna, Bihar. He is Anand Kumar. Till 2015, 333 out of 350 students of him got the admission in IITs. Discovery Channel telecasted his efforts in a documentary film.
Anand Kumar was a native of Patna, Bihar. His father was a clerk of Postal Department could not manage to pay for private schooling of his children. Hence, he studied in a Hindi medium government school. There Anand felt deep passion for Mathematics. In graduation he made a paper on Number Theory. That was printed in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette. Therefore he got the chance to admit at Cambridge University. But unfortunately he couldn’t join, because of his father’s death and extreme financial crisis. In between that, he tried for sponsorship in Patna and Delhi, but nothing came out. Hence, Kumar was tried to adjust with the situation. He used to work on mathematics during the day time and in evening he used to sell papads with his mother. A small home based business started by his mother to support the entire family. Anand also started tuition on mathematics for money. On those days, Anand was investing his most of time in mathematics. He used to go to Varanashi every weekend on a six hour long train journey to read international journals. There he would spend his whole weekend at the Central Library of Banaras Hindu University. Then he came back to Patna in Mondays.
Anand Kumar started teaching mathematics formally in 1992. He rented a room in Patna at 500 rupees and began his own coaching centre Ramanujan School of Mathematics with two students. Within a year his students increases to 36. After three years it grew in 500 student strength. Then it was 2000 when a poor student came for the coaching of IIT-JEE. That student couldn’t afford the annual admission fees. That incident was somehow touched Anand’s heart. That student was highly inspired him to start Super 30 programme in 2002. Anand Kumar is now world famous for his Super 30 initiative.
Super 30 is an Indian educational programme. The programme started in 2002 under Ramanujan School of Mathematics in Patna by Anand Kumar. The programme selects 30 commendable, studious and talented students from underprivileged background and trained them in one year for IIT-JEE. They sit for the entrance examination of Indian Institute of Technology. Anand teaches and provides all notes for the examination. He arranges food and lodging for one year for these poor students. Anand’s mother cooks for them and his brother Pranav Kumar looks after the management.
In the first year 18 out of 30 made it. In the duration of ten years 2003 to 2014, 308 students out of 350 have made for IIT-JEE. In 2010 all the 30 students passed the entrance exam. Super 30 programme got huge popularity among students. They started receiving more applications. This was brought a murderous attack on Anand and his super 30 centre. The state government provided security for Anand and from the 2005 batch. That year in 2005, 26 students made out of 30. The next year IIT changed the pattern of the examination, still 28 students passed out of 30. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar felicitated the students with the cash prize of 50 thousand each. In 2008, all the students cleared the entrance exam. Anand’s former students also joined him for his innovative mission. Anand Kumar has no financial support for running the Super 30 programme. He manages the whole programme on the tuition fees he earns from Ramanujan Institute. After the success of Super 30 this programme got immense popularity which led to many offers from the national and international private organizations. In fact, Government also showed interest to help him. But he refused to all. He never received any donation for his dream project. He wanted to continue this programme through his own earning. His team earned funds by organising evening classes in Patna.
Anand Kumar got huge popularity and respect for his effort. Discovery Channel telecast an hour long programme on Super 30 in March 2009. The New York Times has been published a report on him on half of a page. Kumar has been presented in a programme by BBC. Japan actress and former Miss Japan Norika Fujiwara came to Patna to make a documentary film on Anand’sinitiative. He has shared his experiences in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, various IITs, University of British Colombia, Tokyo University and Stanford University. His name was registered in Limca Book of Records 2009 for providing free coaching to the poor students. Time Magazine recognized Anand’s Super 30 in the list of Best of Asia in 2010. Super 30 received acclamationfrom RashadHussain the special representative of the President Barak Obama of United States of America. He named it “best institute of the country”. Newsweek Magazine has praised the initiative of the mathematician Anand Kumar’s Super 30 and included his institute in the list of four most innovative schools in the world. In 2010, Anand Kumar has been honoured with the prestigious Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad Shiksha Pusraskar by the Bihar Government. He also honoured with the S. Ramanujan Award by the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences. He was also received the Prof. Yashwant Rao Kelkar Yuva Purashkar 2010 by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parshad, Bangalore. Anand Kumar was nominated by Europe’s magazine Focus as “one of the global personalities who have the ability to shape exceptionally talented people”. British magazine Monocle has been selected Anand in the list of 20 pioneering teachers of the world. British Colombia Government, Canadaalso honoured him for his initiative. Anand Kumar was deliberated admired Ramanujan Mathematics Award at the eighth National Mathematics Convention, in Rajkot. He received honorary Doctorate of Science by Karpagam University, Coimbatore. Mathematician Kumar was received Maharishi Ved Vyas from Madhya Pradesh Government.
He has been invited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and by the Harvard University to speak on his world famous initiative to train underprivileged students for the admission in IIT.
Anand Kumar has a contribution in the film Arakshan. He prepared Big B Amitabh Bachchan for his role in the film. Till now many Bollywood directors showed their interest in making a film on him.