IANS, May 26, 2010, 04.44pm IST
PATNA: All 30 students of Super 30, a free coaching centre in Bihar,
have cracked the highly competitive Indian Institute of
Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for the third
consecutive year, the institute announced on Wednesday.
"We are really upbeat and celebrating the 100 percent success for the
third consecutive year as all 30 students have cracked the IIT-JEE
this year," Anand Kumar, the institute's director-cum-founder, told
IIT-JEE has been selected by The Time Magazine in the list of The Best
of Asia 2010.
students take the exam for a seat in the IITs but only 5,000 grab it.
"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
percent," it said.
Mohammad Sadab Azam, a student of Super 30, said: "Thanks to Super 30,
I cracked the IIT-JEE. Everyone is in a celebratory mood. We are
Azam, whose father works as a labourer in a village in Gaya district,
said that he had never dreamt of cracking the prestigious exam.
"It was all because of Super 30," he said.
Anup Kumar, another Super 30 student, said the facilities and
encouragement from the faculty made it possible for him to crack the
The institute selects talented students from poor families and
provides them with free coaching, food and accommodation.
According to Anand, "Hard work, proper guidance and supervision are
the secrets of our success.” "We were sure that the results would be
positive as we teach them to eat, sleep, walk and talk only IIT," he
In 2003, the first year of the institute, 18 students made it to the
IITs. The number rose to 22 in 2004 and to 26 in 2005. In 2007 and
2006, 28 students made it through ITT-JEE. In 2008, for the first time
30 students cracked the IIT-JEE followed by 2009.
Anand said the institute is supported by the income generated from his
Ramanujam School of Mathematics, which has students who can afford to
The Super 30 was started by Anand along with Bihar's Additional
Director General of Police Abhyanand. But two years ago Abhyanand
dissociated himself from the institute.
The success story of Super 30 was telecast by the Discovery Channel last 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.
Three 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
The following is excerpted from "The New Asian Hemisphere: The
Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, By Kishore Mahbubani,
PublicAffairs, New York, 2008, PP 12-13, .69-70
A vivid illustration of how India is introducing more untapped
brainpower into the global economy is provided by a new school in
Bihar, one of India’s most backward and feudal states. Today a small
group of desparately poor, talented students are entering the IITs,
thanks to Ramanujan School of Mathematics. The school, named after the
famous Indian mathematician, trains thirty bright students,
meticulously selected from Bihar’s least privileged communities, to
take the IIT entrance exam. In the first year (2004), sixteen of the
group made it into the IITs; the next year, twenty-two made it; in
2006, all thirty (known as the “Super 30”) made it into the IITs.
Santosh Kumar, one of 2006’s Super 30, comes from Dumari, a village
whose three thousand residents scratch out meager livings as farmers.
“I didn’t even know which subjects I was good at, and I’d certainly
never heard of IIT. No one had,” he says. Then an eighth grade
teacher noticed his mathematical talent and encouraged him to study
further. Santosh saw that “education was the only way out of poverty,”
he explains. After high school, he enrolled in the Patna College of
Commerce, and then heard about the IITs and the Super 30. He applied
to and was accepted by the Ramanujan School of Mathematics and later
earned a coveted seat at the IIT in Kharagpur. (He ranked 3,537 out of
the 5,000 students chosen.) Santosh now aims to earn a doctorate in
chemistry and become an inventor. His hero is Abdul Kalam. (PP.