Having made their mark in national level IITs, Super-30 students of Anand Kumar are now spreading their wings outside India.
And, beginning that trend is Abhishek Gupta. Son of a Gurgaon-based generator operator Dilip Gupta, Abhishek has been selected to pursue international programme on environmental sciences from the University of Tokyo as part of a four-year scholarship, while still preparing for IIT examination under Kumar.
“All this happened due to Anand sir,” said an elated Abhishek, his mouth filled with the laddus shoved by Kumar’s other students as a sign of congratulations. “Sir told me about the opportunity and I applied last year. On February 23, I was interviewed by five university representatives - two in person and three on Skype, simultaneously. On Wednesday, I was informed of my selection,” he said.
Abhishek has been offered STEM Kikuchi - Tokyo Scholarship Programme. The four-year scholarship covers an admission fee of 2.82-lakh Japanese Yen (roughly Rs.1.47-lakh), four years tuition of 5.36-lakh Yen (Rs. 2.8-lakh) per year and a monthly allowance of 1.26-lakh Yen (Rs. 65,941).
Though he appeared for JEEMains this year, Abhishek said he would prefer studying in Tokyo, as he would work with students from across the globe there. Kumar concurred. “While reputed, IITs do not come in the top-200 list of global institutes, Tokyo University does. It has better opportunities for learning and personal growth of students,” Kumar said, adding, “We are proud of Abhishek. More like him will emerge from here.”
Kumar said the Tokyo University officials had been in contact with him since 2012. “In 2013, I was invited to deliver a lecture in Tokyo and had met the scientific advisor to Japan’s PM, Kiyoshi Kurokawa. I was assured that deserving Super-30 students would be selected for Tokyo University programmes. It happened,” he said. “University officials from Germany and Canada are also in contact with me. I hope avenues open up for my students there, too,” he said.
The Super-30 initiative of Kumar, wherein he coaches 30 underprivileged students for IIT entrance examination preparation, is internationally renowned. Discovery channel has even made a documentary on the initiative, under which 308 out of 360 students have made it to IITs in the last 13 years.
Abhishek’s studies in Tokyo start from September 1.
“I would just advise my fellow students to be confident, have a set goal and strive to be good individuals. Success will follow,” he said.