Thursday, April 21, 2011

Super 30 founder is Europe journal's global personality

Mr. Anand Kumar, who founded Super 30, Bihar's free coaching centre which helps economically backward students crack the Joint Entrance Exam of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (commonly known as IIT-JEE), has been selected by Europe's magazine Focus as one of the global personalities who have the ability to shape exceptionally talented people. He is the only Indian named in the list.

"This gives me a feel that honest and sincere efforts get noticed, no matter where they are being made. I will carry on with my pursuit of educating poor children," Mr. Kumar said.

Focus is published by Italy's biggest publishing house Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Apart from Mr. Kumar, the article also mentions Iwano Brugneti (athlete). Earlier, Time magazine had described Super 30 as the ‘best of Asia.' Discovery channel made an hour-long documentary on Mr. Kumar, while a film made by a British producer won the "Viewers' Choice Award" in the Los Angeles Film Fest.

Mr. Kumar, who could not go to the Cambridge University for higher studies because of extreme financial constraint after the death of his father, started the Ramanujam School of Mathematics in 1992 and founded the Super 30 in 2002.

Super 30 provides free food, stay and rigorous coaching for nearly a year to 30 poor and talented students selected through a two-tier examination process. Most of the successful candidates have come from the most underprivileged sections of society.

In the past eight years, the initiative has helped 212 students clear the IIT entrance test. In the last three years, all the 30 students of the institute made it to the IITs each year, drawing worldwide attention. The students have to pass a competitive test to get into Super 30 and then commit themselves to a year of 16-hour study each day, Mr. Kumar said.

Japanese channel NHK and Al Jazeera also made documentaries on Super 30. In 2007, industrialist Mukesh Ambani honoured Mr. Kumar with the 'Real Hero Award.' During his visit last year, US President Barack Obama's envoy Rashad Hussain described Super 30 as the "best in India".

Source: Business Line, April 21, 2011

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