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Super 30 goes all India, triples intake


Patna : There is good news for talented students from poor families across India. The Patna-based Super 30 coaching institute which offers free coaching plus food and accommodation to 30 poor students to help them crack the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) will triple its intake and admit aspirants from across the country.

“After a successful experiment in Bihar, now Super 30 is keen to experiment across the country. We have decided to go all India by increasing the number of students for Super 30 from this year. Till last year, the doors of Super 30 were open for talented students from poor families only in Bihar, now it is open for all India,” Super 30 director Anand Kumar said Friday.

Anand Kumar told IANS here that Super 30 will selects 90 students from poor families instead of 30 from the new session beginning this June-end. “It is a decision to help talented students from poor and lower middle class families across India,” he said.

He said that Super 30 will select 90 students on the basis of a written test and will coach them in three batches so that the name of the initiative remains the same. “We will select talented students from poor and lower middle class families from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other states,” he said.

This year too, Super 30 witnessed complete success for the second consecutive year with all 30 of its students clearing the IIT-JEE. “Hard work, proper guidance and supervision are the secrets of our success,” Anand Kumar said.

Super 30 was started by Anand Kumar, along with Bihar’s Additional Director-General of Police Abhayanand, in 2002. But last year, Abhayanand dissociated himself from the institute.

In 2003, 18 students out of the 30 made it to the prestigious IITs. The number rose to 22 in 2004 and 26 in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, 28 students made it through IIT-JEE.

“We were sure of positive results as we teach them to eat, sleep, walk and talk only IIT,” Anand Kumar said.

He said the institute is supported by the income generated from his Ramanujam School of Mathematics, which has students who can afford to pay fees.

The success story of Super 30 was telecast by Discovery Channel in March this year.

“Super 30 is an amazing initiative and it needs to be taken to maximum people around the globe,” said Christopher Mitchell, whose film for Discovery also bagged the Audience Choice Award at the sixth Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Two years ago, Norika Fujiwara, a former Japanese beauty queen and actress, made a documentary film on Super 30 for its innovative and successful attempt to send poor children to India’s top engineering colleges.