Anand Kumar – The Math Wiz

Anand Kumar

Mathematician Anand Kumar was born on January 1, 1983, in Patna, Bihar. Anand and his siblings could not afford private schooling as his father was a postal clerk in India. Consequently, Anand attended a Hindi medium government school where he developed a deep interest in mathematics.

In 1992, while pursuing his degree, his love for mathematics emerged when he formed the Ramanujam School of Mathematics – Institute of Mathematics. His passion for numbers was discovered early on by his peers and renowned teachers who encouraged and supported him. 

Under the guidance of his mentor Devi Prasad Verma, the then Head of the Department of Mathematics at Patna Science College, Anand started a free coaching program for mathematics enthusiasts. Anyone and everyone interested in the subject are welcome to this program.

Apart from getting his grades and performing in Mathematics, Anand contributed many articles on Mathematics to various national and international journals, magazines, and newspapers. Something he still does today,

In 1994, Anand got an opportunity to pursue higher education at Cambridge University, London. But unfortunately, he could not take advantage of this opportunity due to his family’s poor economic situation. But this incident gave birth to Super 30.

The Birth Of Super 30

Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar

Super 30 is an academic program started in 2003 under the Ramanujan School of Mathematics, Patna. It was founded in 1977 by IPS officers Abhayanand and Anand. The scheme selects 30 students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds yearly and provides free coaching for JEE and India’s most prestigious institute, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). This scheme offers selected students free education, accommodation, and food. According to Super 30’s website, in the last eight years, 212 out of 240 students have joined various IITs in the country.

How Does The Super 30 Program Work?

The idea for the project was born from Anand’s personal experience of being barred from pursuing higher education at Cambridge University. He doesn’t want anyone else to give up on their dreams just because they can’t afford them.

Also, you must have discovered by now that it is an honor to join this program. To join Anand’s year-long Super 30 program, one has to submit the application form available at Ramanujan School of Mathematics in the first week of May and write the qualifying test. The test is conducted in May and June.

The syllabus of this entrance exam is the same as the 11th-class syllabus. Thirty objective-type questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics make up this one-hour test, which also carries negative markings. The school’s results will be released within two weeks of the exam.

The Motto Of Super 30

Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar

The main objective of Super 30 is to identify talented students from economically backward sections and develop their skills by providing them with a suitable environment. Talent knows no boundaries. All talent needs are to find talent and nurture it to blossom. Super 30 has been doing just that for the last six years, and the results are encouraging. Talented students are provided quality teaching and an open environment to realize their potential. Their family’s financial hardship should not handicap students. If they have, Super 30 is there to guide them wherever they are, but resources may not be needed. The objective of Super 30 is to help more students from economically backward sections reach IITs.

Anand, who has been molding students for six years, realizes the importance of catching them young. Plus, Two wants to start the talent hunt early. It can do wonders if gifted students are identified at the school level. Schools should be established for poor children.

Schools can provide students with the right motivation at the right time through innovative pedagogy to develop an interest in mathematics and science subjects at an early age. It will shape them for different Olympiads and prepare them for other competitions. The key to science and math education is motivation to develop interest.

Awards And Recognition

Shri Anand Kumar has won many awards for his fantastic work. On September 19, 2019, he was honored with a prestigious teaching award – Academic Excellence Award 2019 – by the Foundation for Excellence in San Jose, California. He has been recognized for his contributions to imparting education to poor and deserving students. At the event, he said, “Making quality education accessible to the masses will make a huge difference to the world by solving the core issues of poverty, unemployment, population explosion, environmental degradation, and much more.”

In 2017, Anand Kumar received the Rashtriya Pal Kalayaan Award. In 2010, the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS) awarded him the S. Ramanujan Award. “Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Siksha Puraskar” by Bihar Government and “Professor Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar” by Akila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 2010.

In 2009, Kumar’s name was included in the Limca Book of Records for helping poor students crack the IIT-JEE entrance exam. Besides awards, Anand Kumar has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, and programs like The New York Times and Time Magazine.

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