“Santosh Kumar was a child labourer from a remote village of Bihar, now a Professor in Europe teaching Chemistry earning more than a crore an year. Mr Anupam lost his father at an age of 10, started begging and is now working at a package of Rs 33 lacs after studying from IIT & IIM, similar is the story of Shashi Narayan and 308 other under privileged and poor persons whom we have provided extensive training in the last 12 years absolutely free of cost”, shared Mr Anand Kumar, Founder, Super 30 at the Regional Summit on Quality in Education organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and CII Institute of Quality at CII Headquarters in sector 31 A, here today.
“We launched Super 30 as a highly ambitious and innovative educational program 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, we has produced hundreds of IITians out of 360 total tudents from 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”, he added.
“In 1994, I got an opportunity to pursue higher education in Cambridge University, but my poor financial health came in the way. Having witnessed extreme financial hardship since childhood, I felt the pangs of poverty so much that I decided to do something for the poor students, who invariably fade away without getting right opportunities. This led to the birth of new form of ‘Ramanujam School of Mathematics”, he informed.
“Here I trained a small group of students for various competitive examinations at a very nominal fee. For those who were extremely poor and were in no position to pay even the small amount, money was never a constraint. They just did not have to pay anything. After some time, I decided to shape my programme seriously to cater to the poor, but meritorious students more significantly”, he shared.
“I called my brother Pranav Kumar, a talented violinist, from Mumbai and planned to start the innovative Super 30 programme. My wife cooks for them all. We donot accept even a single penny of donation”, he added.
“Hence passion is all one needs to bring about the change. I feel that a true motivating teacher can bring about more change than an MLA. Infrastructure is not as important as motivation factor”, he added.
“Motivation and Inspiration are two most important things that one needs to observe in order to translate effort into success. Whatever we do in life we inspire people and holds very true for teachers. Our humanware needs to have fire in the belly and approach teaching with complete heart and soul into it”, said Mr Vivek Atray: Director General School Education Government of Haryana.
“Setting up model training centres which could establish standard teaching practices can help a lot. Learning level outcomes have to be applied in order to understand whether a student knows what he is supposed to know at a certain class”, he added.
“There are quality issues in SSA/RMSA training and those need to be addressed. Government of HP has taken many initiatives including standardising Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation from this year onwards. School Leadership programs have be started”, said Mr D C Rana: Additional Secretary School Education Government of Himachal Pradesh
“More Super 30s are required in India. Our younger generation which we see as a demographic dividend need to be groomed at a foundation level and in that teachers will have to play a very critical role. School Education is equal to public service and it comes with responsibility and teachers have to deliver and live up to that”, said Mr C Roul: Principal Secretary School Education, Government of Punjab.