Anand Kumar’s grand plan to produce Nobel Prize winners from India

He was born in Patna, Bihar. His father who was a clerk in postal department didn’t have enough funds to support private schooling for his children. Anand studied in a Hindi medium government school. He developed a passion for mathematics and in graduation days wrote papers on Number Theory.

Anand Kumar featured by TOI
Anand Kumar featured by TOI

He even secured admission in Cambridge University but due to insufficient funds and the death of his father, he couldn’t join the university. There was a time when he sold papads and took tuition to support his family.

In 1992 he started “Ramanujam School of Mathematics”, for poor students.

Anand Kumar’s Ramanujam School of Mathematics

In 2002 he started coaching programme known as Super 30 for the under privileged students to help them clear IIT’s JEE (one of the toughest examinations on earth). Since then every year he selects 30 economically backward students for coaching.

Imagine these days when coaching institutes charge as high as Rs 1 lakh (About ~$1700) per year for coaching, Anand doesn’t take any fees for this. He has been approached by many for donations which he denies, and continues to fund his programme by conducting evening classes. He denies all kinds of external funding.

He strongly believes that “Resources and infrastructures are not important, only will power is needed for success.”

From 2003-2014, 308 out of 360 students made it to IIT.

His ‘Super 30’ programme has been covered by Discovery Channel, New York Times and has spoken about his experiences at IITs , IIMs and has been invited by Stanford, MIT, Harvard.

A European magazine, Focus, selected him as ” One of the global personalities who have ability to shape exceptional people”.

Time magazine included his ‘Super 30′ classes in the Best of Asia 2010.

Newsweek Magazine took note of the same and included his school in the list of four most innovative schools in the world.

His vision in his own words,

“I want to increase the number of students in Super 30, but it is really difficult task because we are unable find more students who want to continue there education despite facing poverty. Most students with extremely poor background, start to support their parents by earning money from a young age.

So I want to open a school from Class 6th, free like Super 30. In the school we will train the students not only for IIT JEE but also for International Mathematical Olympiad, International Physics Olympiad. I want to see my students as Nobel Prize Winners.”



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