A man wanting to inspire lives, a student wanting education beyond his reach and a script that brings these two together is expected to be Hritik Roshan’s next Bollywood endeavor. The movie will be based on the life and works of mathematician and this year's “Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award” winner, Anand Kumar, best known for his free IIT programme, Super 30, for underprivileged students. The programme, started in 2003 has seen astonishing success rates for sending its students to Indian Institute of Technology all over India. In an exclusive, in.com spoke to Amaresh Kumar of batch 2013 of Super 30.
Amaresh with his mother and sister.
Son of a farmer in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur, Amaresh Kumar did not dream of making it to the hallowed halls of IIT Madras to study chemical engineering when prepping for IIT-JEE, however, engineering was a dream close to his heart.
“After my boards, I targeted National Institute of Technology but did not get a decent college after counselling. When I got the call from Super 30, I decided it is best to drop a year and try again,” said Amaresh who currently works for Tata Steel.
Amaresh at his graduation ceremony.
Anand Kumar, has been making IIT a reality for aspirants from economically backward classes. His institute, Ramanujan School of Mathematics coaches 30 meritorious students across the country every year for the one year long programme. Students are selected through a common entrance exam followed by an interview conducted in the institute in Patna, Bihar. The Super 30 programme has so far seen 396 out of its 450 students make it to IITs.
The success behind Super 30 has long been contributed to its different teaching method unlike expensive coaching institutes. Amaresh says they were encouraged to think of multiple solutions for a mathematical problem thereby helping them think beyond one formula.
“Mr. Anand used to tell us imagine there are two students, Bholu and Ricky who come from inferior and superior backgrounds respectively. While Golu thinks of innovative ways to solve problems, Ricky is a pro at sticking to solutions given in books. The different problem solving perspective given by these characters made us think of multiple solutions.”
Life at Super 30 revolves around optimal studying. There exists no classrooms surrounded by four walls, rather, teacher-student interactions happen under a tin shade in the open. The students are fed from a kitchen run in the premises with the founder’s mother herself supervising the kitchen. The simpleton meals include rice and dal for lunch and roti and sabji for dinner. The students follow 9AM- 4PM class routine with breakfast and lunch breaks acting as punctuations.
“Just like army people have camps for training, this is your IIT boot camp,” said Amaresh recalling Anand Kumar’s words.
Super 30 as a movie will attempt to capture the lives of the 30 students and Anand Kumar who has been running the programme without any government aid. Amaresh is excited about the movie. “I hope the movie is able to motivate people much as Super 30 did for me and many others.”