Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd.,                                                 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road,        ...
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd.,                                                  12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road,       ...
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd.,                                                 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road,        ...
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd.,                                                 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road,        ...
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd.,                                                  12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road,       ...
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  1. 1. Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : vinodraieng@rediffmail.comThe teacher who has become an icon Anand Kumars Super 30, a coaching institute in Patna which prepares 30 poor kids forthe Indian Institute of Technology entrance exam free of cost, has achieved iconic stature because of its success rate. A Ganesh Nadar met Anand Kumar, the fiery and idealistic teacher-founder as we continue our series on Extraordinary Indians. They are a troika of very young, simple and humble teachers led by a fiery and idealistic Anand Kumar. I could have mistaken Kumar for the neighbourhood shopkeeper,he was unshaven and dressed simply.But behind that deceptive exterior lay an extraordinary man who has become an icon forhelping underprivileged students from the villages of Bihar clear the prestigious entranceexam to the Indian Institutes of Technology.Anand Kumar runs Super 30, a small IIT coaching school in Patna. This year too, all 30of its students cleared the IIT entrance test, the dream of many young Indians.Kumar met me in his ordinary home where I learnt how he brought hope into the lives ofmany poor children, making them believe everyday that in merit and hard work lie lifesendless opportunities.Like many Indians, Kumar had had his own youthful dreams of escaping from poverty bydoing well in his studies. He had finished a BA Honours in Maths and was accepted for a post graduate degree by Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Just then fate struck and his father Rajendra Prasad, a clerk in the postal department, passed away. Cambridge became a distant dream never to be fulfilled for Anand Kumar. Well meaning relatives and friends tried to get him his fathers job but he did not like the idea as he wanted tobecome a mathematician. He sacrificed the security of a government job to live hisdream.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
  2. 2. Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : vinodraieng@rediffmail.comHe was only 21, his younger brother Pranab was 19 and studying at the Banaras HinduUniversity in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. "Mother made papad and I sold it door to door.We used to call it Anand Papad," he says.Times were hard. Everyday Anand carried two bags on a cycle and returned home afterselling them. To save money, the family gave up the telephone connection, stopped themilk and daily newspaper.The Swami Vivekananda Sewashram in Patna let out a room to him for Rs 500. Here hestarted a maths tution centre in 1995. Initially there were just two students, his fee was Rs500 for each student annually. He would teach and then go to sell the papad. Slowly hisreputation as a good teacher drew more students. Three years later, he stopped being apapad salesman, the telephone connection was restored along with the milk andnewspaper.In 2001 his fee was Rs 1,500 per year. He now charges Rs 4,000 per student per year.There are over 300 students at his tuition centre which is named after mathematics geniusSrinivasa Ramanujan. The money earned from here is used for providing free coachingand stay to Super 30 students.The thought behind setting up Super 30 came to Kumar in 2001 when a poor student toldhim he could not afford the Rs 1,500 annual fee.Anand Kumar then started the Super 30 institute to coach the poorest students andprepare them for the IIT-JEE. His only criteria was that they had to be bright andtalented.News about Super 30 spread through word of mouth primarily by the 300 students whowere already taking coaching from Anand Kumar. For his Super 30 initiative, Kumarreceived more than 800 applications. The application fee was Rs 10.An entrance test was conducted and 100 students were short-listed. The economicbackground of these students was checked and the poorest among them were selected.The students of Super 30 receive coaching for a whole year. They get free food cooked inAnand Kumars home and are housed in rooms spread over the city. The two girls in thelast group stayed in a girls hostel.The students are taught four days a week from 4 pm to 8.30 pm. The rest of the time, theystudy or hold group discussions amongst themselves. Tests are conducted everyday.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
  3. 3. Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : vinodraieng@rediffmail.comThe other two teachers at the institute are Praveen Kumar and Amit Kumar. Super 30sfirst batch appeared for the IIT-JEE entrance test in 2003. 18 of the 30 cleared the exam.In 2004, 22 were successful; in 2005, 26; in 2006, 28; in 2008, 2009 and 2010 -- all 30students made it. Now Anand Kumar wants to start a school from Class VI onwards. He also wants to coach students for the Maths and Physics Olympiad. "I want one of my students to win the Nobel Prize," he declares with all humility. Many people have come forward to help Kumar financially but he has humbly refused. "We have refused all help so far. I will take it when I start building the school," says Anand Kumar, who has two well armed but politeguards.Ask him about the armed guards and he says, "I was threatened by a criminal who was injail at that time. He wanted me to stop Super 30."When Kumar refused, he was attacked at his doorstep and one of his aides was stabbed.A bomb was thrown at his home and there were gun shots, but he managed to escapeunhurt. After the incident, the police provided him with security. To get a sense of the impact of Super 30 on the lives of its young students, I met some of them and came back truly inspired by what Anand Kumar has achieved. Anoop Kumar is from Chewl village in Aurangabad district in Bihar and has studied in a Hindi medium school. He read about Super 30 in the papers and asked a friend to get him the form.His father Ram Pravesh Prasad used to run a cloth shop but four years ago, hedisappeared. "Our family survives on the little land we have and tuitions. My elderbrother gives tuitions," says Anoop.Mohammad Shadab Azam is from Belharia village in Gaya district in Bihar. He too isfrom a Hindi medium school. His father Mohammad Aslam teaches typing in the village.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
  4. 4. Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : vinodraieng@rediffmail.com"No one wants to learn typing these days. Only SSC students who want to become typistscome to my father," he says.Though the classes in Super 30 are conducted in Hindi he says the students write theirnotes in English. Super 30 is like family, he adds.Subham Kumar Gautam is from Kulti district in Bihar. He is an educated farmers son.His father is a postgraduate; his mother is a graduate. Subhams uncle had heard aboutSuper 30 during his visits to Patna and picked up a form for his nephew."All our meals come from Sirs home, there is a stove here, we sometimes make chuda(flat rice) or chapati and eat it with jaggery. We dont go out for movies, there is notelevision and no newspapers," he says.Vishwaraj Anand is a Super 30 alumni who joined IIT in 2009. He is doing computerscience at IIT-Patna. He belongs to Hasanpura village in Patna district and has three eldersisters. Two of them tried for admission to the government engineering college but didnot succeed. This spurred Vishwaraj to try harder and he did succeed.His father works in a company that makes transformers. He is paying his IIT fee througha bank loan.After IIT, he plans to appear for the Union Public Service Commission entrance examand get into the Indian Administrative Service. "A change has to happen and if I have thecapacity I will change the system," he says. Narmada Jaiswal joined IIT-Mumbai in 2009. Her father Pramod Kumar Jaiswal has a medical shop in Patna and had encouraged his daughter to apply for Super 30. "Everyone in Patna knows Anand Kumar. Without Anand Kumar she would not have got into IIT. I dont have the money to put her in any of the private engineering college," he says."I am doing chemical engineering and got a merit scholarship from IIT where Rs 25,000is subsidised from my fees every semester. I also get a stipend of Rs 1,000 every month,"says Narmada.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
  5. 5. Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : vinodraieng@rediffmail.comRahul Sharma is in IIT-Kharagpur. His father works in a printing press in Patna. Rahulnow wants to do a masters degree abroad. "I want to go to Harvard," he says.Aditya Kumar is from Nalanda district. His father has a gift shop. Two of Adityas elderbrothers had tried for Super 30 but failed to make it. Aditya is in IIT Guwahati."It is not only an intelligent class, its a morale booster. We know that the past studentshave done well. This makes us very self confident," he says.That is really the uniqueness of Super 30. Where Anand Kumar and his brother Pranabchoose 30 children from the most economically disadvantaged homes who pass theirentrance exams.A year of this coaching has taken many of them to the Indian Institute of Technology, ahallowed learning ground in India and the world. All this because one man chose to tutorthem free of cost for a future that could have been lost forever if not for his path-breakingeffort.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.

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