Srinagar, June 12:  Taking a cue from Anand Kumar’s Super 30 where underprivileged students are prepared to take IIT-JEE, the Army on Tuesday inaugurated ‘Kashmir Super 30’. ANI reported that Kashmir Super 30 is an initiative for medical aspirants. General Officer Commanding , 15 Corps, Lt Gen AK Bhatt said, “I believe that children will do well and serve the country. For a year now, we have been trying to engage the youth and bring them to the mainstream.”

PTI reports that a similar effort is bearing fruit in Gaya, Bihar. Bright students from underprivileged families of Gaya and the neighbouring districts of Magadh region prepare for tests like JEE and AIEEE at ‘Magadh Super 30’.  Former Bihar Director General of Police Abhayanand, who started Magadh Super 30 in 2008, said, “We do not boast that all our students will make it to the IITs, though many of them do. Others are not left in the lurch either as they get selected for institutions like the NITs…Although it is called Magadh Super 30, the number is only indicative. The focus is on helping students with the requisite aptitude and not on admitting a certain number of boys and girls.”

Incidentally, Abhayanand had co-founded the legendary Super 30 in Patna along with mathematician Anand Kumar. “Due to unavoidable circumstances, I had to dissociate myself from the Super 30 in 2007. But in 2008, I was egged on by my friends in Gaya, my hometown, to start a similar project there,” the 1977 batch IPS officer, who has devoted himself full time to teaching since retirement in 2015, said. Pankaj Kumar, a Gaya resident who serves as the secretary of Magadh Super 30, said that the institute does not depend on any grants from the government or political parties.

Meanwhile, 26 students of Anand Kumar’s Super 30 have cracked this year’s IIT-JEE. In a Facebook post, Anand said a couple of days ago, “The JEE advance results for admission to IIT today has once again proved that when honest effort and hard labour combine, success is always at your doorsteps. This time again, the Super 30 students have once again proved that hard work never goes in vain, with 26 of the 30 students cracking the highly competitive exam.”