Anand Kumar is an Indian educationalist and a mathematician best known for his Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002, and which coaches underprivileged students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2018, 422 out of the 480 had made it to the IITs and Discovery Channel showcased his work in a documentary.His life and work are portrayed in the 2019 film, Super 30, where Kumar is played by Hrithik Roshan. Kumar has spoken at MIT and Harvard about his programs for students from the underprivileged sections of Indian society. Kumar, and his school, have been the subject of several smear campaigns, some of which have been carried in Indian media sources.
Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar, India. His father was a clerk in the postal department of India. His father could not afford private schooling for his children, and Anand attended a Hindi medium government school, where he developed his deep interest in mathematics.In childhood, he studied in Patna High School Patna, Bihar. During graduation, Kumar submitted papers on number theory, which were published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette.Kumar secured admission to Cambridge University, but could not attend because of his father’s death and his financial condition,even after looking for sponsor in 1994-1995, both in Patna and Delhi.Kumar would work on mathematics during day time and sell papads in evenings with his mother, who had started a business from home, to support her family.Kumar tutored students to earn extra funds. Since Patna University library did not have foreign journals, Kumar would travel every weekend on a six-hour train journey to Varanasi, where his younger brother, learning violin under N. Rajam, had a hostel room, so that he could work there.
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