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Meet this year?s IIT topper ? Raghu Mahahan of Chandigarh.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 03:34 IST

Meet this year’s IIT topper — Raghu Mahahan of Chandigarh.

Raghu, who is away in Mumbai, said, “I am thankful to my teachers and parents and then to my friend." Raghu wants to join IIT Kanpur and become a successful computer engineer. That’s not all, the topper wants to join the bureaucracy, but not before he does an MBA.

Success stories abounded in the rest of the country but one from Patna had a lesson for a country divided by the quota controversy.

At Super 30, an institute which has groomed students to chase the IIT dream successfully, merit has never been synonymous with the general category alone.

As many as 28 of its batch of 30 students made it to the IIT this year. Nearly half were from the OBC category; three from the Scheduled Caste.

The Super 30 experiment, initiated by mathematician Anand Kumar and ADG (Headquarters) Abhyanand has been a runaway success right since its inception.

Most of the students at the institute are from middle class or poorer sections, including OBCs and Dalits. "Caste is no factor for us. Merit definitely is. Since we try to give students from poor sections a platform to hone their talent, we invariably get a good bunch cutting across caste lines. There are quite a few OBCs and Dalits,” said the proud duo.

Anand, himself an OBC, said the hue and cry over reservation was futile. “If 30 students here could compete with the best, why can't others?" he asked.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 03:34 IST