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Super 30 expands reach, to include Class 10 pass-outs too

There is, however, no plan to change the brand name: Super 30.

education Updated: Jun 29, 2017 16:57 IST
Rajeev Mullick
Rajeev Mullick
Lucknow, Hindustan Times
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During an outreach programme, Chai pe Charcha, at the city’s popular Sharma tea stall, Anand Kumar (seated, second from left) said there would be two separate batches of Class 10 pass outs and those appearing for Class 12 in 2019. (Deepak gupta/HT)

Lucknow: Anand Kumar, mathematician and founder of Super 30, will now coach 30 more students from this year to help them prepare for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to India’s premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

A number of poor students assembled on the open lawn adjacent near popular Sharma tea stall in Lucknow on Monday to see and know more about the Patna-based coaching institute founder, who has been providing free-of-cost coaching to underprivileged students for over a decade now.

“Out of 450 poor students whom I trained, 396 cracked IIT-JEE in the past 15 years. Now, I want more poor students to get into IITs because there is no dearth of talent in poor families,” he told the Hindustan Times.

Super 30, globally acclaimed for mentoring talented students mostly from the underprivileged sections of the society and with indifferent schooling, saw all 30 of its students clear the JEE (Advanced) this year.

“In view of the growing demand, Super 30 has decided to increase its reach. This year, admissions will not be confined to poor students alone but will also be open to students from lower middle-class families,” Kumar said.

During the outreach programme, Chai pe Charcha, he said there would be two separate batches for students who have cleared their Class 10 and those appearing for Class 12 in 2018.

“We will organise the test for Class 10 pass-outs and Class 12 students, who will take the board exams in 2018, and prepare for JEE. The shortlisted students will be provided free coaching and food,” he said.

In Lucknow, the screening test will be held on June 24 at Rani Laxmibai Memorial Senior Secondary School in Sector 14, Indira Nagar. The application form will be available from June 20 and the duration of the test will be of one hour. There will be 10 questions each from physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

There will be similar tests in Varanasi and Kanpur. Super 30 will also be open to students from other states and tests will be held in Jharkhand and Odisha.

Kumar said he would meet the additional expenditure of coaching 30 more students by conducting online tutorials in mathematics at a nominal price. “Even if one lakh students subscribe to my online tutorials, I will have sufficient money to look after the poor students,” he said.

There is, however, no plan to change the brand name: Super 30.

After the JEE (Advanced) results were announced earlier this month, Kumar attributed the success story of Super 30 to the hard work and unwavering devotion of its students and said it was time for Super 30 to expand.

“But now I think I will have to strive more to bring smiles to a higher number of students,” he said.

Kumar has drawn inspiration from his own struggle to help poor students after he could not go to the Cambridge University for higher studies because he did not have enough money.

At Super 30, the day starts at 6.30am and classes are held from 7.30am to 12pm, when there is a lunch break. After two hours of rest, the students get back to studies at 2pm and continue till 6pm. This is followed by a tea break and from 7pm onward it is time for self-studies, which most of them carry on till 1am. They are served dinner around 9pm.

“What is best about the coaching is that the students belong to a homogenous background and understand each other very well. They help each other in studies as well,” Kumar said.

He said after their selection most of them stay in touch and even come back to conduct sessions and motivate others before the final exams. Many stay for days together to help the students with their studies.

Kumar mentors 30 students free of cost at his home and provides them food and lodging for around a year. His entire family is involved with the institute as his mother takes care of the cooking and his brother Pranav plans the logistics.

Though offered donation from big industrial houses of the country as well help from the government, Kumar does not accept any financial assistance from any quarter as a matter of principle and manages Super 30 with his earnings from evening tuition classes for Class 12 students.

First Published: Jun 19, 2017 22:46 IST