Competitive exams and the Coaching culture: Two Diverse schools of thought
Anand Kumar V/S the Private coaching institutes
The suicides of Kota say it all when it comes to stress of competitive exams. In the past five years, 57
students have committed suicide. They have paid a price for being over ambitious or are a victim of their
Resonance, one of the leading coaching institutes from Kota has 30 branches in India with 50,000
students undergoing training. The owner of the coaching institute, Mr.Verma himself is a graduate from
IIT Madras. He had never taken any coaching classes to crack the IIT-JEE. He prepared for it all by
himself. After his failure to clear the Indian Administrative Service exam, he returned to take tuitions in
Kota. Someone who himself had self-studied is now propagating the culture of coaching classes! Strange
The aggressive promotion from coaching classes like Resonance, Allen, Nucleus, Bansal, Vibrant, Career
point, Motion, Rao IIT, Aakash, Akash, Brilliant, Aspire, etc. have created a new culture of education
today. The students study at these institutes all over the country and not at schools or colleges. These
students pay a hefty fee to make the owners of the coaching classes richer every year.
The ones studying in Kota stay at hostels or hired accommodation and study under tremendous
pressure as they have to succeed at any cost. The success rate is pathetic for these private coaching
Let us look at the free classes run by Mr. Anand Kumar for the economically backward students. He runs
the Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002, for coaching economically backward
students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2018, 422
out of the 480 had made it to the IITs; that is a phenomenal success ratio! No commercial coaching
institute is able to match that!
Every May, since 2002, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics holds a competitive test to select 30
students for the Super 30 program. Many students appear at the test, and eventually he takes thirty
intelligent students from economically backward sections, tutors them, and provides study materials
and lodging for a year. He prepares them for the JEE for the IIT. His mother, Jayanti Devi, cooks for the
students, and his brother Pranav Kumar takes care of the management.
During 2003-2017, 391 students out of 450 have made it to the IITs. Three consecutive 30/30 results
were achieved from 2008-2010. Not a single student has committed suicide like what is seen amongst
the students from the commercial coaching institutes in Kota!
Today, Mr. Anand is world famous and has received honors for his work from the best institutes the
Mr. Hrithik Roshan will be playing Mr. Anand in the movie made on the life of Mr. Anand Kumar.
We have two different schools of thought….One is a IIT passout who had enough money but wanted to
earn more and thus started coaching classes all over the country. On the another side is Mr. Anand
Kumar who has seen abject poverty and paucity of money at every step in his life. Still, he coaches
students free of cost.
What should one derive from this two schools of thought?
It is not the money that makes your child pass the JEE-IIT. The effort coming from your child is all that is
needed to make it big. All you need to do is find your child’s motivation first. Identify what he is made
for. Give the child that education which will not feel a burden forced upon him. Not everyone is made to
be an engineer or a Doctor. There are scientists, environmentalists, musicians, artists and other
professions that are satisfying and contributing significantly more to the world. Think light, be wise.
and Best Of Luck For future…!!! By Maitraway