Super 30 changing the fate of underprivileged students of Bihar

Bihar-based prestigious coaching program ‘Super 30’ run by well-known mathematician Anand Kumar is doing round in news once again. 28 students out of total 30 have cracked one of the most sought engineering entrance examination JEE Advanced as the results of the entrance test were announced on Sunday. Official stats mentions that a total of 1,47,678 candidates appeared for the test while 36,566 were declared qualified. JEE Advanced serves as the gateway exam for admission to one of the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Total 23 IITs will facilitate admissions in overall 10,575 seats through JEE Advanced merit list for the academic session 2016-17.

How Super 30 is changing the fate of underprivileged students of Bihar

Anand Kumar had started the concept of Super 30 way back in the year 2002 to help underprivileged students realize their dream of studying in a technical institution of national importance. Kumar’s Super 30 program has set up a benchmark as the institute registered cent percent success rate for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010. For next few years, over 25 students have cracked the test per year. The coaching academy has been an epicenter of constant success and proved an inspiration for many across the country. The concept has also gained worldwide recognition as French director Pascal Plisson decided to make a film on the institute’s success story. Anand Kumar was also invited by Germany government to deliver lectures in technical universities last year. Super 30 was also selected by Time magazine in the list of ‘The Best of Asia 2010’.

Since its inception, Super 30 has played a vital role in the life of students aspiring to study in Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Bihar, the third-largest state of India in terms of population, has been largely under the shadows owing to its underdeveloped social and economic status. The state governments have been focusing on improving the conditions through sophisticated policies. Bihar whose major population is from rural-background, is striving hard to improve its literacy rate which was only 63.82 percent as per the Census data 2011. Then there is one such unique institute working with underprivileged students, which is not only a kind of its own in whole country, but also in the world.

Director of ‘Super 30′ program, Anand Kumar informed that 28 students of the program have been declared qualified in JEE Advanced 2016. “We are happy that 28 of our 30 students have made it through the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination this year. The credit goes to the hardworking students and our teachers,” he told.

Students have to undergo a competitive test to get a seat in Super 30 where they go through a rigorous training program for one year, all of them come from economically poor background. Citing the program’s unique feature, Anand Kumar said this year’s IIT-JEE result has once again underlined the fact that, with proper opportunity, even students from poor families can reach the prestigious IITs.

Most of the students enrolled in the program come from poor families who even could not afford proper education and hence students are provided free coaching, food, and accommodation for whole training period. Anand Kumar attributed the results to students’ hard work and sincerity. “I would have been happier had all the 30 students made it. But it cannot be always like that. I wish all the success to those who have not been able to make it. They will certainly excel in their chosen fields,” Anand Kumar said. These 28 students who qualified JEE Advanced 2016 come from somewhat similar background where their parents are mostly unemployed, vegetable sellers, daily wage workers or migrants.

One successful candidate Basant Kumar said, “I am the first person in my family to have continued my study. My father is not even aware as to what I have done, though he always encouraged me to pursue education.” While another candidate Bipin Kumar said he was thinking about leaving studies midway as his family was not able to keep up with increasing costs of higher education. Thinking of IIT was just out of question, I was thinking about discontinuing my studies, he added.

All the students praised Anand Kumar’s efforts in shaping their life in the most astonishing way while Kumar said all students had done a lot of hard work and remaining two students will also get into good institutions to make a mark in life.

Aman Bansal of Jaipur topped the exam nationwide, he took the test from IIT Bombay zone. Riya Singh, Kota emerged as topper among girl candidates in JEE Advanced 2016.

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