Rahmani 30, a unit of Super 30 being mentored by former Bihar DGP and physicist Abhayanand, sees its 13 students clear level one of prestigious Olympiad Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy tests. Of 1,339 successful students across the country, 42 are from Bihar.
The best part of Olympiad result is its show in Physics. Of 10 Muslim students clearing the Physics Olympiad in the country, eight are from Bihar and all of them are from Rahmani 30 that has 28 students in its current batch preparing for IIT-JEE entrance test. The institute that provides free food, lodging and coaching to talented Muslim students runs from a modest building at Anisabad in the state capital with eight faculty members five of whom are IITians.
Abhayanand, a 1977 batch IPS officer who retired on Wednesday from post of DG, Home Guards, said: “It is no mean feat for Rahmani 30 students who get bare minimum infrastructure to prepare for IIT-JEE test unlike some of best institutions in the country spending a lot of money. We are greatly motivated from the fact that of 30 successful Muslim students, 13 are from our institute”. The former DGP teaches Physics at Rahmani 30, one of several Super 30 institutes run across country.
All the students are from humble background having done their Class 10th from district level schools. Two of 13 students have cleared Physics and Chemistry Olympiad tests. One such student is Salman Iraqui is from Syed Raza of Mughalsarai (UP). “My father is a journalist. I had known about Rahmani 30 from my cousin who studied at Aligarh. I passed three-level test to get a berth here. Preparing for Olympiad test is similar to preparing for IIT-JEE. We go through rigours of daily test and also no vacation. We are taught more about understanding the concept than learning it in a conventional manner”.
Shakikur Rahman, who also cleared Olympiad Physics and Chemjstry, is son of a farmer from Sathi under West Champaran. “My father ensured that I got my schooling from Patna. I was very bad at Physics but teachers kept motivating me to understand the concept”.
Mohammed Tahshin Rubbani, who did his matriculation from a Samastipur school, said his father, a farmer, used to read Urdu newspaper and kept looking for opportunities for him.
Nazish Amber from Araria said his mother is a middle school teacher, who wants him to become an engineer. “Clearing Physics Olympiad has motivated us to do better”, said Nazish adding they are now looking forward to level two test due this February.