A day with Anand Kumar, the founder of Super 30
Think Big. This was the biggest take away for everyone present in the interaction session with Anand Kumar, the founder of Super 30, an educational organisation that aims to prepare students from underprivileged backgrounds for engineering entrance examinations especially for admission in IITs. Anand Kumar was interacting with the Business Shared Services team of HCCB at its off-site in Goa. The Business Shared Services team is the nodal team that manages all the business process and transactions for HCCB.
Interspersed with real-life anecdotes of how he fought against abject poverty to pursue his passion for mathematics, Anand Kumar’s story simply touched everyone’s emotional chord. It was a heart-breaking moment when he narrated how his father felt dejected and ultimately died when he failed to arrange funds for his admission to Cambridge University for pursuing advanced mathematics. Nothing, however, seemed to deter his determination. Anand Kumar continued his fight and decided to change the lives of other students coming from similar backgrounds. He had found his calling: help poor students achieve their dream of pursuing higher education. He sincerely believes that poor kids also have a right to study.
He also shared success stories of some of his students from underprivileged background, who are now working at the helm of affairs in different organisations and academic institutes across the world. Building on his dream, Anand Kumar picks 30 meritorious students from economically backward groups to join the Ramanujan School of Mathematics and provide complete support to help them join premier institutes such as IIT. Recently, a biographical drama film, titled ‘Super 30’, was made in Hindi narrating the life of Anand Kumar and his educational programme.
Referring to his father as his inspiration, Anand Kumar said, "My father wasn't educated, but he always inspired us (both brothers) to think big. He would often ask us to strive to do things that were world-class. He insisted that we read books about successful personalities and worked towards achieving our goals.”
Anand Kumar also spoke of the meaningful contribution each person could make while working in any field. He exhorted HCCB collective to feel proud of the world-class brand that they were associated with and leverage the opportunity to learn and implement new age ideas for the betterment of humanity.
It was indeed an emotional moment for Anand Kumar when he met two members of the BSS team, who he had earlier taught, in their formative years. He expressed his happiness to learn that two of his students were serving HCCB. He requested them to visit his institute to inspire other students as well.
Sharing his enthusiasm, Vikas Kumar, one of the two students narrated with a sense of nostalgia, "I was thrilled to meet my teacher and my mentor, who helped me develop a liking for mathematics.” He further added, “Sir is a firm believer that there are multiple ways to solve the same problem - a philosophy that he applied in Mathematics when teaching his students.”
The other student of Anand Kumar in BSS, Suraj Kumar recalled, "Anand sir made us believe that every complex situation could be simplified with focus and out of the box thinking."
The interaction session struck everyone with a sense of awe and wonder. The BSS team was inspired to reach for the stars and pursue good work with a greater purpose.