Poor man’s IIT coach in Time’s Best of Asia list
Super 30, the Patna-based institute which has been coaching poor students for
IITs, has found a place in Time magazine’s list of Best of Asia 2010.
Time magazine has described Super 30 as the Best Cram School in its list. “Last
year, 30 of them came from one coaching centre in Patna, capital of the
impoverished north Indian state of Bihar. That may not seem like many, but for
the Super 30 centre it’s a pass rate of 100%,” the magazine said in its latest
“What makes that feat even more remarkable is that these students are the
poorest of the poor, who would otherwise never be able to afford full-time
coaching,” it added.
The institute’s director-cum-founder Anand Kumar was thrilled by the latest
recognition showered on his efforts. A student enrolled in Super 30 gets full
scholarships, including accommodation and food.
The institute has become so popular that every year, thousands of students make
a beeline for getting an entry into it. They now have to pass a competitive test
just to get into Super 30, and then commit themselves to a year of 16-hour study
every day. Since 2003, 182 of a total 210 students have made it to one of the
Time magazine said the project has even won the notice of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh who met Mr Kumar in February to hear his plan to launch a
national programme for talented rural children. “In a country that has struggled
to offer those students even basic education, Super 30 is an example of what’s
possible when human potential is tapped,” the magazine said. The institute was
started by Mr Kumar along with Bihar’s Additional Director-General of Police
Abhayanand in 2002 in Patna. But two years ago, Abhayanand dissociated himself
from the institute.