Mr. Anand Kumar of Super 30 is the best teacher and brilliant mathematician in the world. He has not only helped underprivileged students become fit enough to get into IITs, but he has also received numerous awards and his documentary has broadcasted on Discovery Channel. Mr. Anand Kumar has given presentations at MIT and Harvard, and the audience was enthralled to learn about the hard work he has put in to help students transform.
Anand Kumar is not only a math prodigy, but he also teaches Physics to students, and despite his many achievements, his biggest loss was that he was unable to attend Cambridge University due to his low socioeconomic status. He received Rs. 25 lakh on Amitabh Bachhan’s popular KBC show, and he used the money towards student initiatives.
Mr. Anand Kumar has received numerous accolades for educational excellence in India and abroad, all of which are well-deserved for Mr. Anand Kumar of Super 30.
What is ‘Super 30’?
He founded his personal institution, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics, by renting a classroom for Rs 500 per month (RSM). His class expanded from two to thirty-six students in a year’s time, and after three years, there were about 500 students enrolled. When a needy student approached him in early 2000 seeking IIT-JEE instruction but couldn’t pay the yearly admission price caused by poverty, Kumar was inspired to launch the Super 30 programme in 2003, about which he is currently well.
From 2003, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics, nowadays a foundation, has held a qualifying test to select 30 students for the ‘Super 30’ scheme every year in August. Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 pupils take the test, and he eventually selects thirty bright students from economically disadvantaged areas such as beggars, hawkers, and auto-children, driver’s educates them, and gives them with study materials and shelter for a year. He helps them prepare for the Joint Entrance Examination for Indian Institutes of Technology (JEE-IIT) (IIT). His mother, Jayanti Devi, prepares meals for the students, while his brother, Pranav Kumar, manages the business.
From 2002 to 2011, he coached 270 students, 236 of them were accepted into IIT. All of their parents were street vendors, auto-drivers, labourers, and other low-wage workers. Between 2003 and 2009, 182 students out of 210 were accepted into IITs. In 2010, all of Super 30’s students passed the IIT JEE admission exam, making it three seasons in a row for the institution.
The Discovery Channel aired a one-hour special on Super 30, and The New York Times dedicated a half-page to Kumar. Anand’s life and career were the inspiration for Hrithik Roshan’s Bollywood movie Super 30.
Early Life & Childhood
Anand Kumar was born from a middle class family in Patna, Bihar, on January 1, 1973. His father worked as a mail employee and couldn’t afford to bring his children to a private school. As a result, he and his brother enrolled in a Hindi-medium government school, where he discovered his passion for mathematics. Jayanti Devi is his mother, and he has a brother named Pranav Kumar, who is a professional violinist.
Anand Kumar went on to B. N. College in Patna, where he founded the Ramanujan School of Mathematics math club in 1992 while still a student. Under the direction of his professor and guru, Devi Prasad Verma, the then-Head of the Department of Mathematics at Patna Science College, he began a free training programme for mathematicians. Because the Patna University library did not carry foreign periodicals, he had to travel to Varanasi each weekend to study at the Central Library, BHU.
In 1994, he was accepted to Cambridge and Sheffield universities, but after his father died, the family’s financial situation deteriorated, and he was unable to obtain sponsors in both Patna and Delhi. He continued to study, though, and published works on number theory in ‘Mathematical Spectrum’ and ‘The Mathematical Gazette.’
Recognition & Awards
Shri Anand Kumar has won numerous honours for his outstanding work. The Foundation for Excellence in San Jose, California honoured her with the renowned teaching prize – Education Excellence Award 2019 – on September 19, 2019. He has been honoured for his achievements in giving education to worthy youngsters in need. “Making great education available to the public will make a significant difference in the globe by eliminating the core concerns of poverty, illiteracy, population increase, environmental degradation, and much more,” he stated during the occasion.
Anand Kumar was honoured with the Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award in 2017.
The Institute of Research and Documentation in Social Sciences gave him the S. Ramanujan Award in 2010. (IRDS). In 2010, he was awarded the Bihar government’s “Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar” and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) “Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar.”
Kumar was included into the Limca Book of Records in 2009 for assisting impoverished students in passing the IIT-JEE entrance exam.
Aside from the prizes, Anand Kumar has been featured in numerous newspapers, periodicals, and television programmes, including The New York Times and Time Magazine, among others.
Anand Kumar’s mother had created a small shop at home after his father died, where she made ‘papad,’ which he supplied in the evening for additional money. He also was forced to accept a class III job after his father died while working in harness.
He changed the math club he founded in 1992 into a coaching organisation to prepare needy kids for different competitive examinations for a modest charge, as he was determined to teach mathematics. He hired a room for Rs. 500 per month and began with only two students, but by the end of the year, he had 36 students, and 500 within 3 years.
He gave yearlong instruction for just Rs. 1000, despite the fact that the market price was Rs. 6000, and some of the pupils from low-income families couldn’t afford even that. When one of these students told him he wanted to take IIT-JEE coaching but couldn’t afford the annual tuition, he offered to support him. He phoned his brother from Mumbai and devised a plan to launch the ‘Super 30’ initiative in 2002, which picked 30 deserving children from low-income families for free IIT preparation. He also offers them free food and shelter for a year, as well as study materials.
Every year in May and June, he runs a competitive test to choose 30 exceptional youngsters from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. He spends the next year preparing them for the highly difficult IIT-JEE exam. Since 2003, he has mentored 450 students through the programme, with 391 of them passing the IIT-JEE and gaining admission to the famous institute. He had three straight 30/30 results between 2008 and 2012.
Personal History and Legacy
Several government and non-government organisations from India and overseas have approached Anand Kumar for financial assistance, but he is willing to keep ‘Super 30’ running on his own. While he raises funds for the programme by organising evening lessons in Patna, his mother cooks for the students and his brother manages the programme.
Vikas Bahl, winner of the IIFA, Filmfare, and National Film Awards, announced in May 2016 that a biopic about the mathematician was in the works. Preeti Sinha will produce the film, which will be shot extensively in Patna, and Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan will play him.
In June 2016, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar released a life story of himself, praising his selfless initiative and declaring that he has become the face of Bihar. The novel was written by Canada-based psychiatrist Biju Mathew in collaboration with journalist Arun Kumar and published by Penguin Random House in English and Prabhat Prakashan in Hindi.
Anand Kumar must travel with bodyguards because assassination attempts have been made on his life. Most of the institutes, he claims, are operated by criminals who are enraged by his huge success and are attempting to stop him at all costs.
He also aided Amitabh Bachchan in his preparation for the film ‘Aarakshan.’
The 2019 film ‘Super 30’ is based on the life of Anand Kumar. Hrithik Roshan portrays his role in the film.