Anand Kumar's Super 30, which helps underprivileged students crack the JEE test for entrance into IITs, will expand to include students who have passed class X. This will be an extension of the existing programme involving class XII pass-outs.
"We are planning to teach some 10-20 students in a new programme of two years' duration besides the currently existing programme for those who have passed Class XII. We are launching the programme from this year and it will get bigger from next year," said Kumar.
When asked about the class strength of the new programme, Kumar said that the details were still being finalised but "may include 10, 15 or 20 students". This would be over and above the 30 students who are chosen for the globally-acclaimed programme.
This year, 28 out of the 30 students cracked the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the latest in the string of achievements since its launch 15 years ago.
Kumar said his biggest wish was to set up a school for the poor on a self-sustainable model. "There are a lot of things in the pipeline. Our ultimate goal is to establish a school from Class 6-12 for students from the economically weaker sections. We always wanted a self-sustainable model so that the work continues without any kind of pressure, and later, replicate it all over India. But we do not have enough funds to buy the land.
"There are also plans to launch downloadable lectures available on Super 30's website, all for Re 1, said Kumar.
"Though classroom teaching is the best, online presence will help us have a far greater reach and will benefit a lot of students. Given the cheap internet access rates these days, downloading the lectures should not be a problem," he added.
Kumar expressed happiness over several courses being run across the country which have been inspired by the Super 30 model, including the Srinagar-based RISE institute. He, however, cautioned against using the 'Super 30' tag for profit making.