Trend Setters & Geniuses are not made in Universities

Education system is meant to make people worthy & competitive. The whole idea of an education system is to develop the human mind to an extent that it starts behaving in the most ideal manner by the time it is fully developed. But the reality of the current scenario is people have to look at alternate ways to impart meaningful education to the kids. Also the current universities & institutions focus more on monetary gains than providing academic excellence. India is composed of people from all strata of society and the irony remains not all of them are fortunate enough to get the best education done due to pertaining personal conditions. But there was a man who against all odds strived hard to provide the best education to talented students regardless of their social status under a program which he named it as “Super 30”. The name of that great man is “Anand Kumar”.

Anand Kumar is a well known educationist & mathematician best known for his Super 30 Programme which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002 which basically coaches underprivileged students for IIT-JEE which is an entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He came from a very humble background and his father could not afford private schooling for his kids. Hence he attended a Hindi Medium Government School where he developed deep interest in Mathematics. During his graduation, he submitted papers on “Number Theory” which was duly published in the mathematical spectrum & the mathematical gazette.

In spite of being a bright student & getting a secured admission at Cambridge University, he could not attend it due to his financial condition & his father’s death even after looking for sponsors in 1994-1995 both in Patna & Delhi. He used to work on mathematics during the day time & sell papads with his Mother in the evening to support family expenses. He also tutored students to earn extra funds. In 1992, he started teaching mathematics by renting a classroom for INR 500 per month and began his own institute, The Ramanujan School of Mathematics and within a span of a year his students grew from 2 to 36 & after 3 years it grew to a whooping 500 students.

His Super 30 programme started when a poor student to came to him seeking coaching for IIT-JEE, who couldn’t afford the annual admission fee due to poverty, Kumar was after this motivated to start this revolutionary programme which is extensively known for. Every May since 2002, the Ramanujan School Of Mathematics holds a competitive test to select 30 students for the Super 30 program. Here many students appear for the test and eventually he takes 30 intelligent students from economically backwards sections, tutors them & provides study materials & lodging for the year. He prepares them for the Joint Entrance Test (JEE) for the Indian Institute of technology (IIT). From 2003-2017 391 out of his 450 students passed the IIT’s. In 2010 all the super 30 students cleared the IIT-JEE entrance making it three in a row for the institution. Moreover Kumar had no financial support from any government as well as private agencies and manages on tuition fees he earns from Ramanujan Institute. After the success of Super 30 & its growing popularity, he received offers from private sector both national & international companies as well as government for financial help. But Kumar refused it & wanted to sustain Super 30 through his own efforts.

In March 2009, Discovery channel broadcasted an hour long program on Super 30 & half a page devoted to Kumar in the New York Times. He was featured on programs by BBC. He has spoken about his experiences at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, different IIT’s, University of British Columbia, Tokyo University & Stanford University. He is featured in the Limca book of Records for his outstanding contribution in helping poor students pass the IIT-JEE by providing the free coaching. Time magazine included Super 30 in the list of Best of Asia 2010. He was awarded the S. Ramanujan Award for 2010 by the Institute of Research & Documentation in Social Sciences in July 2010.

Super 30 received praise from the US president Barrack Obama’s special envoy Rashad Hussain who termed it best institute in the country.

He received a lot of flak & smear campaigns were conducted by propagandist media influenced by feudal mindset to discredit & defame Kumar. These smear campaigns were engineered by organized parties in the education industry as his model had decreased their relevance & business in the market also could be named the “The Education Mafia”. But how much ever these smear campaigns surfaced it just made him more focused in his approach & when results are seen people started dismissing these useless rumors and this made Super 30 more relevant & stronger than before.

The feather in the cap is that the Indian Film Industry or BOLLYWOOD has made a film titled Super 30 with Hrithik Roshan playing the titular role & directed by Vikas Bahl which is based on Kumar’s life & works. Kumar presented his biography to the then Hon. President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee which was written by Canada base psychiatrist Biju Mathew. He was also awarded the “Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award” by the Hon. President Of India Ramnath Kovind.

It’s rightly said, “Never Judge a Book by Its Cover”. Although he came from a very humble background, his perseverance to study & be among the best made his do what he loved the most. He had the opportunity to go to Cambridge but due to financial constraints he could not do it. But he never felt this to be a hurdle and took this as an opportunity and took up the challenge to train talented youth irrespective of caste, creed & economic status. He had the passion to excel himself & also ensured that other talents get the place they deserve.


This is generally true to all the path-breakers like Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Dhirubhai Ambani and so on. They had the talent to think out of the box & create solutions with limited resources. They always strived hard to create a value by grabbing opportunities & not ruing upon lost chances as they knew such thing cannot take them to the possible dream outcome. Moreover, they worked on a dream & achieved it hands down. And that is the only reason why they are truly called “A Genius & A Trend Setter”.

Hence owing to all these factors I can surely say that, “Yes, Trend-setters & Geniuses are not made in Universities”. What makes these individuals are Patience, Perseverance, Out of the Box thinking & Never say Never attitude.


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