Supr 30

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Early years:

  • 1973——— 54% of the country’s population was living below the defined
    poverty line
  • The state of Bihar was in particularly bad shape- 70% of its population was living below poverty line
  • PATNA- where Rajendra Prasad lived with his family
  • Rajendra- was a letter sorter with the Indian Railways Mail service- his meagre salary enabled the family of 6 to survive

The birth of Anand:

  • On 1st January- 1973——– Rajendra and Jayanti were blessed with a boy
  • He was named ANAND- the Hindu word for JOY

Anand was an inquisitive kid

  • He would take things apart to understand how things work
  • Soon he started repairing broken radio sets on his own
  • Once his chemistry experiment went wrong—– caused a mini explosion in
    Chandpur Bela—– the locality where Rajendra Prasad had built a house in
  • Pranav- Anand’s younger brother was following his own path of becoming a
    violin player

College days

  • Anand joined B N College in Patna for his Junior College and chose Maths
    as his specialization subject
  • In college—– he would reach out to his teachers with perspectives in Maths
    that were normally not expected from someone of his age

In 1991- (people keen to join the Ramanujan School of Mathematics)

  • In 1991- conscious of the poor education facilities in Chandpur Bela—–
    Anand decided to do something about it
  • 10th August, 1992—— he opened a Maths Club with just 2 students in an
    attempt to improve the education resources in his locality
  • These 2 students performed very well in their 12th exams—— word got around about Anand’s maths club—– soon others were keen to join the RAMANUJAN SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS name given in honor of Srinivasa Ramanujan


  • Ramanujan School of Mathematics- by 1993- had 40 students Only a fraction of whom paid a nominal fee to Anand
  • While helping students at the Ramanujan School—– Anand started nurturing the secret desire to study further at the University of Cambridge

Happy Numbers

  • With Prof Verma and Kaushal’s help—– Anand published an original paper titled HAPPY NUMBERS in the British Journal Mathematical Spectrum
  • Anand went on to publish a few more papers across prestigious journals—- all this while pursuing his studies as well as running Ramanujan School of Mathematics from a poor suburb of Patna

Application to Cambridge:

  • With the encouragement of his well wishers, Anand decided to apply at the
    Cambridge in April in 1994

Cambridge and selling papad:

  • In a month’s time—- Cambridge wrote back confirming acceptance of his application to study Maths at the renowned University
  • Amidst—- all the delight and happiness—- the serious and difficult job of arranging funds to send ANAND TO CAMBRIDGE
  • Rajendra Prasad was clear that his SON has to go to Cambridge- whatever be the cost

Death of his father, Rajendra:

  • On 23rd August, 1994—— Rajendra Prasad developed laboured breathing and there was a delay in administering the right medication LED to Rajendra
  • Prasad’s death that night In this period of bereavement—– there was still the big challenge of arranging funds for Anand’s Cambridge stint Anand met rich businessmen + political leaders, including the then CM of Bihar BUT IT WAS FUTILE

Tough time for the family:

  • Due to a loan taken by Rajendra Prasad THERE was an outstanding amount
    on the family —- no source of income, other than a meagre amount from
    Ramanujan School
  • The family’s priority shifted from arranging funds for CAMBRIDGE to
    managing the next meal for the day

Anand would go out and sell papads made by his mother

  • Pranav—- Anand’s brother—– was studying music at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU)—- also came back to support the family
  • His mother decided to make papads- a savoury food eaten with meals Anand would go out and sell papads

Anand was studying Maths at night and selling papads on his bicycle during the day

  • Selling papads—– allowed the family to pay off the debt and barely keep hunger at bay

Ramanujan School of Mathematics:

  • Anand revived—- the Ramanujan School in 1995 with 6 students
  • Despite the severe struggle with finances at home——- Anand continued to charge a very nominal fee from the students—– THAT TOO ONLY from those who could afford to pay
  • Some students were also preparing for JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) for
    admission into IIT

Anand’s decision to coach students for IIT JEE

  • Coaching for JEE—- was an expensive proposition at a private coaching institute—- this was out of reach for students at Ramanujan school
  • Anand decided to help his students prepare for IIT JEE at a fraction of the cost
  • Anand got the opportunity to write a weekly column on Maths in popular newspaper

This popular column helped Anand with enrolments at Ramanujan School

  • The Ramanujan School- was relocated into a bigger premise1997——- Ramanujan School had 300 students
  • 1998— the student population was 400, each paying 500 ($7) fees annually- a small fraction of the exorbitant fees at the other coaching institues
  • Ramanujan School shifted to a secluded part of the town due to the threats from other competitors:
  • By 2000—— Anand was no longer worried about MONEY BUT he was worried about the quality of education at Ramanujan School
  • He decided to limit the students to 500
  • He decided to extend personal attention to each of the students

Anand decided for an entrance exam

  • Anand decided to conduct an entrance qualifying exam for his school
    In the first edition of this entrance exam—- 7500 students appeared Of which 500 were selected
  • Anand seemed well settled into a lif of high calibre MATHS teacher in a small
    Indian town—— DOING WHAT HE LOVED and earning enough money to
    take care of his family

In search of a GREATER PURPOSE

  • 2002—— Abhishek Raj—- came from a nearby village TO MEET ANAND
  • His father was a potato farmer in the village
  • Abhishek— Stood 1st in all the exams in his village school
  • Abhishek—- was keen to study further at the RAMANUJAN SCHOOL But could not afford the 1000 annual fees

Anand becomes heart wrenched!

  • This reminded Anand of KISHEN KUMAR who had met Anand earlier and told him he wanted to become an engineer—– but had no money to pay the fees for studies
  • Anand asked for Kishan’s address in Patna and went to his HOME to meet him—– Kishan did not have a home—– he worked as a security guard at a house—— studied by the street lamp’s light and SLEPT In the OPEN

Anand reminded of his dad’s wish of finding a greater purpose in life:

  • Anand thought about the days when he wanted to go to Cambridge and no support came his way
  • Anand remembered the time when his FATHER HAD ASKED HIM TO FOLLOW A GREATER PURPOSE

Elevate a village by educating a student:

  • Anand decided to begin a system of coaching very different from Ramanujan School
  • 30 underprivileged students would be chosen by Anand through a qualifying exam—– who would prepare for IIT JEE and also eat, sleep and stay with Anand at NO COST
  • He asked his mother to cook for 30 students – Jayanti Devi was sceptical
    about the idea

Super 30 was born!

  • You educate one by and you elevate an entire village
  • Anand felt that supporting full expenses of more than 30 students would be
    beyond Anand’s means
  • The decision was made to never seek or accept funds or donations
  • The 1st batch of Super 30 started preparing for IIT JEE exactly one year
    before their actual JEE exam


  • 1 year of rigorous study and basic food and lodging saw 18 of the 30 students clear the IIT JEE
  • The highest ranker among these 18 students was Abhishek Raj, the son of the potato farmer—– whose mother did not have the money to pay for Ramanujan School fees

The promise:

  • This was a revolution beginning
  • In the state of Bihar—– built on the determination to not let another underprivileged child miss the chance to earn the best education that the country had to offer
  • NEXT YEAR—– 22/30 made it to the IITs
  • 2005—— 26/30
  • 2006—– 28/30
  • 2007—— 28/30
  • In 2008—— all 30 students from Super 30 made it
    to the IITs
  • 100% record- repeated in 2009 and 2010
  • In 13 years ——- 333/ 390 students have joined the IITs And others have joined colleges of national repute

What was the formula for Super 30?

  • Anand says that the core REQUIREMENT was to help underprivileged students succeed and TO RAISE THEIR confidence
  • These students are also aware that this is their ONLY CHANCE to change their destiny with the help from ANAND SIR


  • 30th September, 2014—– Anand was at the MIT (the Massachusetts Institute
    of Technology)
  • On an invite to address the teaching faculty and students
  • Anand—- has traveled a long way——- from missing an opportunity of studying at Cambridge to selling papad on the streets of Patna, to building Ramanujan School and SUPER 30

Anand has travelled a long way! Following his father’s call to FIND THE GREATER PURPOSE

  • Japan has tracked Super 30 closely through documentaries Barack Obama’s special envoy visited Anand in Patna in 2010
  • Discovery Channel— also featured Super 30——- Super 30- has also been covered extensively by both Indian and internation media

Nidhi Jha

  • How Nidhi Jha reached Paris from Varanasi
  • Her father was an auto rickshaw driver; she attempted IIT JEE on her own
    but could not clear the exam
  • She successfully cleared the entrance test for Super 30—- for her, her father driving an auto rickshaw to run the family became her motivating factor and SUPER 30 was a great opportunity to build a life very different from what she lived currently

Nidhi Jha made it to Indian School of Mining—– Dhanbad

  • In 2015—- a French director made a movie on Nidhi’s life and she along with her family and Anand Sir got to travel to Paris to watch the premiere of the movie

Shivangee Gupta:

  • Shivangee Gupta studying CHEMICAL engineering at IIT Roorkee
  • She was a part of 2013 Super 30 batch
  • Her father runs magazine and newspaper stall
  • She travelled to Patna for Super 30

Chiranjeev Kumar

  • Chiranjeev Kumar is a computer science engineer from IIT BHU Varanasi—-
    currently working at Adobe Systems



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