Biggest challenge is to build confidence among underprivileged students, says Super 30 founder Anand Kumar
Monday, June 24, 2019
Family-like environment offered at the Super 30 helps students to give their best in the exams, reports Jagriti Kumari
Despite the hardships faced by their families, Rahul Tiwari and Priyanka Yadav, natives of Gonda and Mau in Uttar Pradesh, respectively, never let that get in the way of their aspiratons. While schooling in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), these bright students learnt about Patna-based Super 30 coaching institute through their teachers. They first cleared an entrance examination conducted by Super 30 to shortlist students from extremely poor families after a thorough background check, to help them prepare for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
Rahul and Priyanka both have cleared JEE Advanced this year. Rahul now wants to pursue BTech in Computer Science while Priyanka plans to do BTech in Electrical Engineering from any of the IITs or NITs.
Both of them moved to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Rajgir in Bihar after getting selected for Super 30 and started preparing under the supervision of mathematician Anand Kumar and his team of teachers. They were offered free education and residential facilities.
Rahul, son of a farmer, thanked his family and Anand Kumar for his success in the exam in the first attempt. “Besides managing the finances, studying Physics was a challenge for me. While studying at Super 30, I not only overcome the weak points but also mastered Physics,” says Rahul.
“Anand Kumar and his entire family treat us as their own. They not only teach us but also keep us motivated,” adds Rahul, who used to devote 5-7 hours daily to self-studies after the coaching.
The biggest challenge for Priyanka, daughter of Mau based motor mechanic, was to battle with the low self-esteem. “At one point, my confidence dipped to a level that I had decided to quit and go back home. It was Anand sir and his team, including his family who helped me build self-confidence to prepare me to nail the exams,” says Priyanka. “Keeping these students motivated and confident is the biggest challenge for us. Most of them feel unsure about their abilities. Despite having the subject knowledge, most of them fail to gather the courage to respond confidently,” says Anand Kumar, who along with IPS officer Abhayanand co-founded Super 30 in 2002.
Till now, the coaching centre has managed to have a fabulous record. “Besides teaching them the subjects to clear JEE, we indulge in pep talk and also show them motivational videos. This helps them understand how getting best education has nothing to do with one’s economic status,” says Kumar, who once could not go to Cambridge for higher studies due to financial hardship. With the rising popularity of the free coaching, students not only from Bihar but from neighbouring states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have also started availing of the benefit. Anand Kumar tells Education Times that he wants students from less privileged backgrounds to feel confident to have access to the education of their choice.