An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Super 30 creates 30 super ones!

Here is another story along the lines of the work that has been done at Springdales. Super 30 is a school started by Anand Kumar, mathematics teacher; and Abhyanand (BIhar’s Additional Director-General of Police), who teaches physics; for preparing 30 students from poor, low caste, minority families.

This year all 30 of their students made it through IIT-JEE. It is by far one of the toughest exam in India, probably the world for its level.

These handpicked students are given free education, food and accomodation. The success rate of this small effort has improved steadily and has now reached 100%.

Super 30 took shape five years ago and its success can serve as a model for other such institutes across India. 18 of its students cracked the IIT-JEE in 2003 the year Super 30 was set up. The number rose to 22 in 2004 and 26 in 2005 and has been steadily increasing over the years.

I feel that instead of having reservations in the highest institutions for the underprivileged, it is so much better to have special schools in the country to prepare the underprivileged students for their life ahead in institutions of higher learning.

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