Anand Kumar is the gateway for poor students in Bihar to the coveted admissions into IITs

Ever thought that a common man who is a mathematician as well as a columnist would teach the economically backward class students for the IIT-JEE, that too in Bihar?

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Anand Kumar was born in January 1973, in Patna, Bihar. His father was a clerk in the postal department of India and could not afford to send him to a private school and so he continued his studies in a Hindi medium school where in developed his interest in mathematics and has been enjoying the calculations with the numbers.

During graduation, he submitted papers on Number Theory which was later on published in Mathematical Spectrum and the Mathematical Gazette that gave him a sense of confidence and brought him to the limelight.

Anand wanted to attend the lectures at the Cambridge University and he even got the admission but he was unable to attend them because of the father’s death as well his critical financial conditions. He did ask for sponsorship but none did help him and so thereon he wanted to help that every child who wanted to attend the lectures at one of the best colleges but could not prepare for one because of the high tuition fees that are required for the entrance exams.

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And so he lost his hope of going to Cambridge and rather started focusing on mathematics during the day time and in the evenings, he helped his mother in making papads which would let them have little of income in their home. And for more income, he started taking mathematics tuitions.

This gave him insight to expand his teaching profession and in 1992, he rented a room for rupees 500 a month and began his own institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics. In no time, his tuition classes grew very well and from two students, the strength got increased to thirty-six and after three years, there were almost five hundred students coming to his tuition classes.

In 2000, there came on child who belonged to a financially low income house, he wanted to seek coaching for the IIT-JEE but was not able to have them due to annual admission fees which he could not afford. This became the motivating turn in the life of the Anand and in 2002; he started the Super 30 programme, wherein he taught the IIT-JEE coaching to the financially low class students.

Since 2002, Anand has been selecting 30 students in every may who belong to low class families, who wishes to study and get into IIT and are willing to give in their efforts. He prepares entrance exams, selects the top 30, teaches them provides them with all the study materials and his mother and brother help him in providing food and management for the students. Almost many of them did clear the entrance exams of IIT and have been securing good grades in it.

With the success of the Super 30 programme, many of the private national as well as international institutes did offer him for financial help to which Anand Kumar refused and stated that he wanted to work on Super 30 by himself.

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For his work, he has been recognized by the Discovery channel in 2009 broadcasting half an hour about the Super 30 Programme, the New York Times did cover half the page for the success of Anand Kumar’s thought.

Documentaries have been filmed over his life story; he gave motivational speeches in various IIT branches and is in the Limca book of records f or his contribution to the poor.

He taught the very famous Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the role of his character in the film ‘Arakshan’.

Vidhi Puri

Gender neutral, not a feminist! Zealous writer.

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Vidhi Puri

Gender neutral, not a feminist! Zealous writer.

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