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Mar 14, 2008 at 02:42pm IST

Super 30 fulfills IIT dreams of poor students

Patna: Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Abhayanand and his partner and math whiz Anand Kumar run a coaching institute in Patna for poor children.

The institute prepares students for the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) entrance test free of cost.

The Ashok Rajpath street in Patna is home to many coaching institutes and a haunt for the many students in Bihar hoping to crack various entrance exams and secure a bright future for themselves.

But there is another coaching institute. too, that is a league apart from all these.

The students here are mostly poor, and are housed, fed and coached free.

Boasting a success rate of almost 95 per cent in the IIT-JEE, it's called the Super 30 and its run by Abhayanand and Anand Kumar.

While coaching his own children for the IIT entrance Tests in 2002, Abhayanand thought of the many underprivileged students who didn't have access to such facilities.

Yet he felt many could make it with just a little help and that is when he decided to set up Super 30.

"We wanted to help the children who were intelligent but who did not have enough money to pay for the IIT-JEE coaching fee. The fee is quite hefty," Abhayanand, an Indian Police Service officer, says.

Anand Kumar,too, came from a poor family and knew the struggle of deprived students faced. So he decided to join Abhayanand.

And the results speak for themselves. When the results for IIT-JEE 2003 were announced, 18 of the 30 students from the institute had made it. And in 2007, 28 students made it to IITs.

And as a testament to the teaching methodology at Super 30, the students compete not on the basis of caste or quota, but sheer competence.

And every year, battling finds crunch and poaching by rival coaching institutes, Abhayanand and Anand Kumar make sure that at least 30 deserving students get a shot at making their dreams a reality.

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