26 May : Nagendra Ram, son of a fourth grade staff at Meteorological office in New Delhi, has proved that poverty is no bar for entry into prestigious institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).Nagendra, who hails from Jalalpur village in Masrakh block of Bihar’s Saran district, ranked 424 in the Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates’ list. He took coaching at "Super 30" academy which gives free training to poor meritorious students for IIT-JEE.
Nagendra’s father Sarbjeet Ram could not study beyond tenth class for poverty, his family sources said.Similar is the case of Krishna Kumar (137-SC), who too has poor background as his father is a constable in Jharkhand police.
Apart from Nagendra and Krishna, there are 28 other students who emerged successful in IIT entrance test this year, thanks to a novel initiative by "Super 30" academy, founded by Mathematics teacher Anand Kumar in 2003.
Since the beginnng, the institute has carved a niche for itself with most of its students taking to IIT.
The academy, based in Patna, offers 30 talented poor students free lodging and an intensive seven-month coaching to prepare them for IIT entrance test.
Anand Kumar’s success have bred many such coaching centres in Bihar.