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Super 30s super again but one question: from batch of how many?

Every year,Bihar celebrates on a hot summer day. And this has been on since 2003 when Abhyanand and Anand Kumar joined hands to launch Super 30....

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: May 27, 2010 2:14:22 am

Every year,Bihar celebrates on a hot summer day. And this has been on since 2003 when Abhyanand and Anand Kumar joined hands to launch Super 30,successfully grooming and mentoring IIT aspirants from among the poorest and most backward in the state.

Two years ago,Abhyanand,an IPS officer who is now Additional Director General of Police,and Anand Kumar,the mathematics guru,parted ways,starting their own Super 30s. But there has been no stopping their amazing run,the students performing exceedingly well in the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

So when the IIT-JEE results were declared today,there were the usual celebrations,sweets and photo-ops. Yet for the first time,a few questions as well.

While Anand Kumar claimed hundred per cent results for his Super 30,twenty students from Abhyanand’s batch of 89 qualified for the IITs.

But Abhyanand has a question. “If 576 students from the Guwahati zone that includes Bihar made it to the IITs,how many made it from this state? Going by the success claims,Patna coaching institutes alone should account for more than 500. There has to be a system in place to cross-check such claims,” he said.

Anand Kumar does not reveal the names of the Super 30 students before the results are out but Abhyanand does that. “We give the list for the sake of transparency. After all,why should media take us at face value? When we say Super 30,the next obvious question is: who are these students? Super 30 is a concept. If we do not get talented students from poor socio-economic background,we keep it at the numbers we get.”

This year,four out of his 12 Rahmani 30 (exclusively for Muslims) cracked the IIT-JEE while Triveni 30 saw only six of 14 students making it to the IITs. In Ang 30,only one of 12 students cleared the examination and Magadh 30 in Gaya had only six from 40 making it to the final list. From his Kanpur 30 which had 11 students,three made it.

Kumar,on the other hand,calls it is a policy decision not to reveal names of students before the examination. If he were to reveal the identity of his students,other coaching institutes would poach,he said.

From 2003 to 2006,Kumar’s Super 30 students studied in a tin shed near his house in Jakkanpur. Later,he integrated them with other students at his Ramanujam School of Mathematics in Kumhrar where he coaches around 5,000 students for IIT and other entrance examinations.

Today,when the list of successful candidates was out,30 were from Kumar’s Super 30. One of them was a Scheduled Caste,20 OBCs and nine from the general category. Contacted after the results,Kumar simply said: “Keep encouraging us.”

Anup Kumar of Rafiganj in Gaya said Kumar’s help and guidance made all the difference. “Anand Sir funded our stay,food and education for eight months,” said Anup who father went missing four years ago. Shubham Kumar Gautam,son of a farmer in Nalanda,attributed his success to hard work and methodical coaching at Kumar’s Super 30.

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