Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

IRF invites applications for Education Scholarship

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Career

From Punjab to Bihar to IIT, three 'super' stories

Sunday May 29, 2011 03:10:10 PM, Alkesh Sharma, IANS

Related Articles

IIT JEE results declared, 3 students of Rehmani 30 among the successful

Putting an end to the wait of over 4.85 lakh students, the results of the joint entrance examination of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-JEE) were declared Wednesday  »

IIT-JEE topper aspires to be a civil servant

Chandigarh: One is the son of a grocer, one's father sells chole-kulche from a cycle cart and the third's runs a mobile repair shop - but all three have risen from these humble surroundings to crack the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance exam, considered one of the most difficult in the country.

It was coaching from the Patna-based Super 30, which helps economically backward students crack the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), that was behind the success of Jatinder Singh (rank 656), Satish Kumar (rank 2,041) and Priyanka Sharma (rank 5,324).

"My son is a very hardworking boy and excellent in studies right from the beginning. We attribute his success to his own efforts, Super 30 and to god's grace. He is literally addicted to studies and usually forgets about food and water while studying," Jatinder's father Raj Kumar told IANS.

Raj Kumar, a resident of remote Majha village in Sangrur district, sells "chole-kulche" to earn his living.

"We have a small house and Jatinder did not have any separate room for studies. However, he never complained and sat in one corner and quietly kept studying. He was an all-rounder and at times also helped me in my work. Now I am planning to take a bank loan to finance his studies. I hope our days of struggle will soon be over," said an elated Raj Kumar.

All the three were beneficiaries of a 2011 alliance between Super 30 and US-based Bhai Jaitajee Foundation (BJF) to provide an opportunity to poor children in Punjab. They were selected through an entrance exam.

Priyanka's father, who lives in Punjab's industrial city of Ludhiana, is euphoric.

"I am a proud father. I always wanted my daughter to study in IIT and she has fulfilled my dream. Last year she missed this seat by only 36 marks but she did not lose hope," Ram Kumar, who runs a small mobile repair shop and resides in the Sham Nagar area of the city, told IANS.

"Last year also she had got admission in the chemical engineering department at Panjab University but she left it and joined Super 30 as getting into IIT was her sole aim," he added.

The response of Satish's father was also the same.

"Satish has secured the 2,041st rank and we are very happy. It is our dream to see him becoming a big officer. Yes, my son had faced many difficulties but now I do not want to remember the past. We are only looking ahead," his father Ashok Kumar told IANS.

"I had talked to my son over the phone and he was also very happy. Satish is a hardworking boy and he stayed in Bihar for nearly nine months, taking coaching for this exam. He is expected to return home in a couple of days," said Ashok Kumar, who owns a grocery shop in Dhadrian village of Sangrur district.

The three students are still in Bihar and will return home in a couple of days.

Responding to their success, BJF chairman Harpal Singh said: "This heralds a new ray of hope for the underprivileged students staying in small villages. We are extremely happy with the results and thank Super 30 for giving this opportunity to children of Punjab."

"We are again conducting an entrance test for Punjab students to join the Super 30 programme for the year 2011-12. It will be conducted on June 5 at Patiala. Selected students will get one-year free coaching for IIT-JEE 2012. All details are available on," he added.

Students from poor families have to pass a competitive test to get into Super 30 and then commit themselves to a year of 16 hours-a- day study routine. Coaching, food and accommodation are free for the students.

Anand Kumar, who runs the institute, said it is supported by the income generated from his Ramanujam School of Mathematics, which has students who can afford to pay fees.

The Super 30 was started by Anand along with Bihar's Additional Director General of Police Abhyanand. Three years back, Abhyanand dissociated himself from the institute.

(Alkesh Sharma can be contacted at




  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

BJP is misleading the nation on anti-violence bill: Congress

The Congress Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "misleading the nation" on the proposed legislation on communal violence prevention, saying  »

Communal violence prevention bill to be taken ahead: Sibal

Communal Violence Bill may be misused: BJP


  Most Read

Manmohan invokes NAM, questions West's control of IMF

With Western powers not willing to loosen their grip over key global institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday invoked the Non-Aligned  »

Yemeni government, armed tribesmen agree on ceasefire

Yemeni government and armed tribesmen, led by the opposition tribal chieftain Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, have reached a temporary truce to end pitched battles in the capital where at least 127 people have been killed, Xinhua quoted tribal mediators as saying. The agreement includes  »


  News Pick

Palestinian's national unity government likely in ten days: official

A senior Palestinian official in Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party has said that the national unity government is to be formed in ten days, Xinhua reported. »

Abbas would give up US aid for Palestinian unity, says aide

Gujarat villagers vow to oppose Bhavnagar nuclear plant

Village council members of over 50 coastal villages in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district Friday took a pledge to oppose the proposed 6,000 MW nuclear power project at Mithi Virdi, saying they would not allow the government   »

Omar asks separatists: Where are you during winter?

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday questioned the motive of Kashmiri separatists in getting restive more during summers. Ahead of radical Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's participation in Friday prayers at  »

Building 'bridges of friendship' in Tanzania, the Indian way

Paying tribute to the achievements of around 40,000 persons of Indian origin and Indian businessmen in Tanzania, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauded  »

Heart-to-heart: Apollo to open hospital in Tanzania

Bihar offers land for AMU centre

The Bihar government has offered 250 acres of contiguous land for an Aligharh Muslim University (AMU) centre, becoming the fourth such state after Kerala, West Bengal and Maharashtra. The Bihar government has identified the land in Kishanganj district, along the  »


Picture of the Day

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the Joint Session of Ethiopian Parliament, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 26, 2011.



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes










Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.