Anand Kumar, the man behind the Super 30 training centre in Patna, had expressed his wish to turn it to 'Super 100', after the IITJEE results this year. He is a step closer to his goal as he ties up with a private university in Bengal. He has tied up with the university that will help him screen maximum 30 students across Bengal, making it perhaps Super 60, with half the classroom from Bengal.
Super 30 is a celebrated education programme that selects 30 students from underprivileged families and trains them for the entrance exam to IITs free of cost. It boasts of a nearly perfect score every year, with 25 out 30 students qualifying this time.
"Yes, it is a first for me in Bengal, and in future hopefully there will more such engagements. I'm planning centres at Kolkata, Siliguri, Burdwan and Midnapore in the years to come. Bengal is celebrated for its art and culture. There is no dearth of talent. We will run screening tests, and the BPL students who qualify will join us in the classroom," said Kumar.
When asked if he'd be able to handle the pressure if the student strength doubles, he said in that case, the pupils might be put in two groups. "Overall, we are three teachers of physics, chemistry and maths. My brother Pranav Kumar organises the exams. We are inching towards Super 100 and this is the first step," he explained.
According to TOI, Samit Ray, chairman of RICE Group and chancellor of Adamas University, that will fund the food, lodging and training cost of the students' programme, said, ": Countless students have cracked IIT from Kumar's training centre. But in the last 15 years, the numbers for Bengal has not been significant. In the last 10 years, the numbers have dwindled even in IIT-Kharagpur, while students from south and north India have surged ahead."