by Sharmistha Dey
MUMBAI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- A teacher, an explorer and architect of talent and creator of opportunities for the underprivileged, Anand Kumar is all of these and many more.
Kumar is a mathematician. During his student days he was selected for further education in Cambridge but due to lack of funds he could not travel to pursue his dreams. Having faced financial hardship from his early days, Kumar wanted to give back to society what he never had. This was the genesis of Super 30 program.
After three years of consecutive success with all 30 students cracking the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examination, Kumar is a proud man.
Super 30 is an innovative program under the Ramanujan School of Mathematics. The Ramanujan School, named after India's greatest mathematician, started as a club in 1992 when Kumar was still in college.
Goaded by his teacher Devi Prasad Verma, Kumar started this training program for those who had a mathematical bent of mind. Gradually, the club evolved to a full-fledged school where he trained a small group of students for various competitive examinations at a nominal fee.
There were students, however, who did not have the money to afford the nominal fee that Kumar charged.