Anup Kumar’s father left home five years ago, never to return. The Other Backward Class family from Bihar struggled to make two ends meet.
Yet, Anup, a brilliant student, nurtured a dream — to become an engineer.
On Wednesday, he took his first step towards that goal, qualifying to study at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the country’s elite engineering school. Holding his hands as he took this step was Anand Kumar, who runs a coaching centre in Patna to help students like Anup realise their dreams.
For the third successive year, all 30 candidates trained by Anand at the Super 30 coaching centre cracked the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination.
In the eight years since it was opened, the small centre in a nondescript locality has helped 210 students from underprivileged backgrounds make their big IIT dreams come true.
Earlier this month, Time magazine had selected Super 30 in the list of The Best of Asia 2010. The magazine had described Super 30 as the best cram school in its list.
“All credit goes to the students,” said Anand. “I faced hardship in my childhood after my father’s death. I know how good the parents of these students must be feeling today.”
Students have to appear for an entrance test to get to Super 30. Once through, they get free food, lodging and 10 months under Anand’s tutelage.
It’s a life-changing experience for most. “I was lucky to get selected for Super 30,” said Anup, who was referred to the centre by some police officers. “That proved to be the turning point for me. Anand Sir took care of all my needs.”