Super 30 founder and mathematician Anand Kumar will receive the Madhya Pradesh government's prestigious Maharishi Ved Vyas National Award for the year 2014-15 for his outstanding contribution in the field of education.
The award carries a citation and cash prize of Rs 2 lakh. The award will be conferred on Kumar on August 15 at a function in Bhopal by chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
"Awards and honours give inspiration to do even better. It shows that the society is sensitive to the needs of the poor and anybody making even a small effort for their upliftment is recognised. I am thankful to the Madhya Pradesh government for the award. I hope I will continue my work with greater passion," Kumar told Hindustan Times.
Super 30 is a pioneering school, which grooms students from poor families for IIT, run by Kumar since 2002. Kumar selects 30 meritorious students who live with him and are provided free food and lodging. Kumar bears the expenses on his own with no financial help from anyone.
Kumar's contribution and his Super 30 have been acknowledged by many within the country as well as across the world by various governments and organisations.
He was awarded Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar, the highest award given by the Bihar government in the field of education, in November 2010. He was also awarded the Prof Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Bengaluru in the same year.
In April 2011, Kumar was selected by Europe's magazine Focus as "one of the global personalities who have the ability to shape exceptionally talented people". He had been selected by UK-based magazine Monocle as one of 20 pioneering teachers of the world. He was also honoured by the government of British Columbia, Canada.
Other honours for Kumar include the Bank of Baroda's Sunlife Achievement Award for his special teaching for poor, S Ramanujan Award by the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences and the Real Hero Award.
Kumar's Super 30 has also been included in the list of Best of Asia 2010 and Newsweek magazine's four most innovative schools in the world.
Earlier recipients of the Ved Vyas award include Dr Liladhar Viyogi, New Delhi-based Vidya Bharti, Professor Jagmohan Rajput. Along with Kumar, the award for 2012-13 and 2013-14 will also be conferred this year.