A film based on Anand Kumar’s life – Super 30 founder
Now bollywood director Anurag basu is going to make a film based on Anand’s life. Anand said that a South Korean TV channel has also planned to make a Korean language film about him and his Super 30.
Brief history of Anand’s life :
Fascinated by mathematics since early childhood, Anand always dreamt of becoming a mathematician. He started showing sparks of brilliance since early days. His love for mathematics came to fore in 1992, when he formed a Mathematics Club, ‘Ramanujam School of Mathematics’, while he was still in graduation. His mathematical talent was spotted by renowned teachers, who provided him encouragement. Under the guidance of his mentor and guru, Devi Prasad Verma, then the Head, Department of Mathematics, Patna Science College, Anand started a training programme for mathematics lovers. It was a free programme, which anybody with interest in Mathematics could join. As months rolled by, Anand contributed several problems and papers on Mathematics to various journals, magazines and newspapers. In 1994, Anand got an opportunity to pursue higher education in Cambridge University, but his poor financial health came in the way. Having witnessed extreme financial hardship since childhood, he felt the pangs of poverty so much that he decided to do something for the poor students, who invariably fade away without getting right opportunities. This led to the birth of new form of ‘Ramanujam School of Mathematics’. At Ramanujam School of Mathematics he trained a small group of students for various competitive examinations without charging fee. After some time, for those who were extremely poor and were in no position to pay even their fee for lodge and food in Patna, Anand decided to shape his programme seriously to cater to the poor, but meritorious students more significantly. He called his brother Pranav Kumar from Mumbai and planned to start the innovative Super 30 programme. Pranav Kumar helped Anand earlier also, but now he was directly involved. He was entrusted with the responsibility of managing Super 30. After a thorough screening, 30 poor, but talented students were shortlisted for the Super 30. Initially, making all arrangements for 30 students was not so easy, but Anand’s family extended all help in his endeavour. Anand generated finances by tutoring students of other schools, while his mother, Jayanti Devi, cooked food for the students. For the students, there was only one goal – to study hard. What followed next was rigorous training of the students, and the results came as a big surprise in the very first year. It motivated Anand to put in more and more effort along with his team of dedicated teachers.