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Less known facts about Anand Kumar, whose Super 30 sent all 30 students to IIT-JEE
Anand Kumar, best known for his Super 30 programme, has been honoured by the British Columbia for his contribution in the field of education. For the last 14 years, Kumar has been tutoring students from underprivileged sections for IIT-JEE entrance examinations. He has been tutoring them free of cost. He has also been invited to talk at IIM Ahmedabad, British Columbia, Tokyo University, Stanford University and IITs. It is also said that he had helped Amitabh Bachchan in preparing for his role in Aarakshan.
Since his achievement has become a talking point in the media, we have tried to gather few unknown facts about the 42 year-old man who has dedicated his life to the field of teaching.
1. He was born in Patna and attended a Hindi-medium school where he developed an interest in Mathematics.
2. He had secured a place at the Cambridge University but because of his financial condition, he could not take admission.
3. To support the family, his mother had started selling papads. Kumar used to assist her in the evening.
4. Just to read foreign journals, he used to travel to Varanasi on Fridays and study in the Central Library, BHU and return to Patna on Monday mornings.
5. He started his own institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics in 1992. In three years, the crowd of students grew from two students to 500.
6. It is said that a poor student who wanted to take coaching for IIT-JEE came to him but had no money to pay. It was then the idea for Super 30 came to him.
7. Every year, his institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics conducts a test to select top 30 students from economically backward sections. He tutors and provides them accomodation for a year.
8. His mother cooks for the students and his brother takes care of the management.
9. Kumar has been offered financial help from many private and government colleges but he has refused all of them.
10. In 2009, Discovery Channel had featured a programme on Super 30. The New York Times has also written about Anand Kumar.