Super 30 was Founded in 2002 by founder Anand Kumar and co-founder Abhiyanand, former Bihar Director General of Police (DGP). Under the guidance of his mentor and guru, Devi Prasad Verma, then the Head, Department of Mathematics, Patna Science College, Anand started a training programme for mathematics lovers. It is a free programme, which anybody with an interest in Mathematics could join.
Super 30 is a highly ambitious and innovative educational program running under the banner of “Ramanujan School of Mathematics”. It hunts for 30 meritorious talents from among the economically backward sections of the society and shapes them for India’s most prestigious institution – the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). In the last seven years, it has produced hundreds of IITians from the extremely poor background. During this program, students are provided absolutely free coaching, lodging, and food.
Super 30 targets students from extremely poor families. They have all seen the change with sheer disbelief in their eyes that their children are now going to be top technocrats.
Recently, Four students of IIT Guwahati have claimed that Anand Kumar, the founder of coaching institute Super 30, is a fraud.
Anand Kumar’s Super 30 claims to select 30 meritorious students from economically weaker sections each year to prepare them for the IIT entrance exam. Four months before the release of a biopic on his life starring Hrithik Roshan, Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar has found himself at the center of yet another controversy.
On September 21, the Guwahati High Court issued a notice to Kumar, the founder of the educational programme ‘Super 30’, to reply to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the students.
Senior advocate Ashok Saraf, appearing for the four IIT students, submitted before the court, “Because of the wrong projection given by Anand Kumar each year a large number of students from the Northeast and other parts of the country approach him with full faith and hope that Anand Kumar, who seems to be an IIT Baba, will help them in qualifying the IIT entrance exam.”
Saraf added, “But after reaching there, Anand Kumar makes the students take admission in his coaching institute, namely Ramanujam School of Mathematics, by charging Rs 33,000 per student in the name of teaching them.”
Amit Goyal, who is the advocate-on-record for the petitioners, said it is mentioned in the PIL that “Most of the time, Anand Kumar travels to different places in the country and outside India. He does not devote sufficient time to the IIT aspirants who took admission in Ramanujam School of Mathematics”.
Amit Goyal said, “Upon inquiry by the four IIT-G students it was revealed that after 2008, Anand Kumar is not running any so-called ‘Super 30’ classes. Whenever IIT entrance exam results are announced, Kumar appears before the media with some students of the Ramanujam School of Mathematics and other students claiming that they are Super 30 students and have qualified in the IIT entrance exam.”
He added, “Wrong information has been uploaded by Wikipedia on its website in an unedited version and the same is also published by a national newspaper and it is easily available on social media.”
Saraf submitted before the court that the false propaganda created by Anand Kumar is not only cheating IIT aspirants and their guardians but also others.
According to the petition, this year too, Anand Kumar has claimed that 26 out of 30 students from his ‘Super 30’ group have cleared the IIT entrance exam. “But till now, he has not disclosed the names of the 26 students who had qualified for the IIT entrance,” he said.
The Guwahati High Court also issued a notice to co-founder Abhiyanand.
This is not the first time such allegations have been made against Super 30. In July, a PIL was filed in Patna High Court seeking a CBI probe into the functioning of Kumar’s group. High court advocate Manibhushan Pratap Sengar claimed in his petition that Kumar showed students of other institutes as his own. The petition also alleged that he never released the list of students before the IIT exam so it cannot be verified that those students who had qualified were the same ones who had studied at Super 30.
Input – Press Trust of India