Raipur: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar has been selected for the prestigious Mahaveer Award instituted by the Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation.
The award carries a cash component of Rs10-Lakh, a citation, and a memento. The award will be presented to Kumar by chief guest Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit at a function in Chennai on January 29. Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation was established by N Sugalchand Jain in 1994 to identify, encourage and honour the individuals and institutions who are doing selfless service for the welfare of the underprivileged and the weak in our society.
On his latest achievement, Anand told Dispatch News that these awards and honors give him the motivation to do even better. “It shows that the society is sensitive to the needs of the poor and anybody making even small effort for their uplift is recognized. That in itself is a big motivation. I hope I will continue my work with greater passion,” he added.
Kumar is known for running a highly innovative Super 30 programme for the last 18 years to mentor 30 students free off cost through year-long residential coaching for India’s premiere IIT-JEE. The success rate has been phenomenal, with students from underprivileged sections witnessing a generational change by entering the premiere institutions.
Earlier, he had been awarded Rashtriya Bal kalyan Award by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind in 2017, the highest award of Bihar government in the field of education, "Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar" in November 2010. He was also awarded the Prof Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar, 2010 by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP) in Bangalore.
In April 2011, Kumar was selected by Europe's magazine Focus as "one of the global personalities who have the ability to shape exceptionally talented people. He has been selected by UK based magazine Monocle among the list of 20 pioneering teachers of the world. He was also honoured by the government of British Columbia, Canada. Recently, other honours for Anand include Bank of Baroda Sunlife Achievement Award for his special teaching for poor, ‘Real Hero Award’, and others.
A biopic on his life starring Hrithik Roshan was also a huge success and eight Indian states made it tax-free due to the powerful messaging of the film.