Anand Kumar who founded, Super 30, Bihar’s most acclaimed free coaching centre for the students who wish to study in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) blamed the Institutes’ examination panel for taking in low quality of students. Kumar’s comment came after Infosys chairman, N R Narayana Murthy’s comment over low quality of students in IITs.
According to Kumar, “If poor quality students, as felt by Narayan Murthy, were able to get into the IITs, it was the responsibility of the joint entrance examination (JEE) committee. The students went to private coaching institutes simply because they don't find the school education system up to the mark for the JEE.”
"The IITs should frame questions in such a manner that the real talent reaches there. The IITs should try to bring in greater transparency and have a proper examination pattern," said, Kumar.
Kumar blames the IIT pattern and says, "It is because of the lack of knowledge about the IITs' pattern that the students have to run around the coaching institutes to acquire that little bit extra, which makes the ultimate difference."
According to Kumar, “The students needed to be applauded, rather than criticised. It is their hard work that makes them crack arguably the toughest competition.” He further adds, "Once the students reach the IITs, it is the job of the teachers there to provide the environment where they grow. Blaming the coaching institutes will not solve the problem. It is the professors and the teachers to teach in a manner that brings the best out of the students, who are from different backgrounds and social classes."
He said it was a shame that in a country like India, Hindi is plays second fiddle to English. Just because students cannot speak English, his talent can be undermined.
Kumar’s coaching institute, Super 30 has so far helped 236 students in clearing IIT JEE. He set up the institute in 2002 and provides coaching to selected 30 poor students where he provides free boarding, lodging and coaching to selected candidates. Most of the candidates who made it to IITs are from low privileged sections of society.
Kumar in his youthful days aspired to study in Cambridge University in the UK for higher studies but could not do it because of the financial problems that his family was going through after his father’s death. Kumar later started Ramanujam School of Mathematics in 1992 and founded the Super 30 a decade later.