Meet Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar is an Indian mathematician and a columnist for various national and international mathematical journals and magazines. He is best known for his Super 30 program, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002, and which coaches economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2017, 396 out of the 450 had made it to the IITs and Discovery Channel showcased his work in a documentary.
He has been invited by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to speak on his globally acclaimed effort to mentor students from the underprivileged sections for admission to IIT.
Anand Kumar was born on January 1, 1973, in Patna, Bihar, in a lower class family. His father was a clerk in the postal department of India who could not afford son’s private schooling. Reluctantly Anand admitted into a Hindi medium government school. He developed his keen interest in Mathematics during that time.
He made some notes depending on number theories during gradation which was published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette. In the meantime, he secured admission to Cambridge University, but could not join due to his financial crisis and death of the father.
Following the death of his father, he would sell papads in evening with his mother Jayanti Devi’s help to support his family but continued work on mathematics during the day. Anand started a small business from home and tutored students in maths to earn extra money. He had a passion for the reading book, but there was a limitation of the foreign book, as a result, he went to Vanarasi in every week by six hours journey by train.
In 1992, he rented a room for Rs. 500 a month, and started his own coaching center the Ramanujan School of Mathematics (RSM) where he taught mathematics to the students. His students grew up from two to thirty-six within the span of a year and after three years, there admitted more than 500 students.
In 2002, a poor student came to him, who could not attend IIT entrance coaching due to poverty, and Anand was motivated to start the Super 30 program. Being motivated, he launched Super 30 in 2002, for which he is widely recognized.
In the Super 30, every year 30 students get chance whom given IIT entrance training free of cost. The institute selects 30 intelligent financially backward students by a competitive exam where lots of students took part in the exam every year. For these thirty students, his mother makes food and Kumar would ready others task relating study. They get the chance to stay in the hostel for a year. From the institute, 391 students get the chance in the IIT entrance exam out of 450 between 2003 and 2016. In 2017, among the 30 students, 30 were selected by the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology).
For the Super 30 coaching center have government support or other private organization. When his coaching center gradually growing many companies come to belonging sponsor but respectively refused them. Anand wishes more development for the institute and cost behind the center as much he earns by giving tuition in another institute.
In 2010, Time Magazine awarded Anand’s Super 30 program as the best Asian institution. He awarded several prestigious awards by the Indian government and Super 30 received praise from ex-United States president Barack Obama.