Words of Wisdom from Anand Kumar, mathematician of Super 30

Reference: Today’s print edition, Mumbai, DNA Newspaper.

Help  technology reach masses: Anand Kumar to Kharagpur IITians.

Kharagpur:

Super 30 founder and mathematician, Anand Kumar on Saturday exhorted students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur to use their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the society by contributing more to improving people’s living standard and increasing farm productivity.

“For the students graduating from top rung institutions like IIT, Kharagpur bringing about positive change in the society through their expertise should be the main motto. Merely earning good (salary) packages should not be the goal,” he said.

The Super 30 is a niche training centre for students from lower income groups, where Kumar and his associates train bright youngsters to crack the prestigious Joint Entrance Examinations for the IITs. These national entrance exams are generally considered one of the toughest in the country for students of science; the IIT’s have a notoriously low acceptance rate of less than 1 per cent, lower than some of the top universities anywhere in the world. About 14 lakh students are estimated to take the examination every year.

Kumar said the way technology is changing is also increasing inequity in society.

“(The) Time has come to make tecnnology accessible to the masses so that it can bring direct benefit to people’s life. And this is something techno-savvy youth can do the best,” he added.

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Cheers to Anand Kumar !!

from Nalin Pithwa

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