Super 30 is an ambitious programme started by Anand Kumar in
2002 for students who are financially poor and cannot afford to join any
coaching institute. The programme has produced hundreds of IITians, whose
expenses have been met by the programme without external support. Mr Kumar has
followed a ‘no donation’ policy since early 1990s and has always refused financial
From 2016, Kumar will be coaching 60 students instead of 30.
The expansion initiative was born as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
activity by Roy’s Institute of Competitive Examination (RICE), West Bengal. The
idea behind this initiative is to promote and encourage the students of West Bengal
to get a chance to study in IITs. IIT aspirants across the country have been
waiting for something like this to happen in their state, and this initiative by
RICE has made it possible for local students to apply for the programme.
Adamas Career, an educational
initiative by RICE, will bear the cost of the Super 60 students selected from
West Bengal. They will be provided with free food and lodging, and will be trained
at Adamas institute in Kolkata. RICE started in 1985 and provides
training and education to young aspirants for government jobs.
To know more about this endeavour, PaGaLGuY spoke to Surojit
Biswas, Group President of RICE. He said, “Adamas
Career & Super 60 will impart quality education to the IIT aspirants. It
will not only be Instructor-led training, it will also be online. We aim to
succeed through the success of our students only.”
He further added, “The idea germinated
in April 2014. Since then a pool of educationalists have been working on it,
and we aim to start our first batch in 2016.”
“This venture will give a proper platform to the
meritorious but needy students to be able to get into an IIT. We will spread it
in all the districts of West Bengal and give a fair chance to all students,” Mr
PaGaLGuY has reached out to
Anand Kumar. We will update the story with his comments when we hear from him.