Bihar’s Super 30 has added another laurel to its credit. Recently Super 30 was featured by Time magazine in the list of the “Best of Asia 2010“, now Newsweek in its latest edition included Super 30 in the list of four most innovative schools in the world.
Newsweek quotes “For years now the path to the top in India has funneled through the highly competitive entrance exam for the precious few places in the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). For the privileged, the test is tough; for the disadvantaged, it can be crippling. But thanks to an innovative training program created by 37-year-old math whiz Anand Kumar, smart but underprivileged kids in the impoverished state of Bihar are winning acceptance to IITs at an unprecedented rate. Each year Kumar selects 30 deserving students—including Dalits, or the so-called Untouchables—and houses, feeds, and trains them vigorously, all for free.
This was the third consecutive year that all 30 of his students got into the IITs—a fraction of the 10,000 students selected from the 472,000 who applied. Since its inception in 2002, “Super 30,” as the program is called, has sent 212 of its 240 graduates to five-year science and engineering courses at the IITs. Some are already in high-paying jobs in various industries both in India and abroad.
Read more about Super 30 here