Swedish national to write a book on Anand Kumar


Patna, March 30: Attracted by mathematician Anand Kumar’s pioneering Super 30 initiative, which mentors students from underprivileged sections of the society free of cost for admission to IIT, a famous writer from Sweden has come to Patna to write a book on it.

Peter Wennerholm, who spent two years with the Swedish Embassy in India, said he was writing a book on education in India with focus on social innovation.

“Super 30 is an inspiring story. I had read about it and got to know how it was making the difference,” he said.

Wennerholm said the book would deal with innovative practices in educations through social interventions.

“I have talked to Kumar and also met the students,” he said.

“We want to focus on economic condition in the Eastern India and how students from poor families strive for success using education as a tool. Super 30 is a place which helps them realise their dreams, with so many students reaching IITs and now also to Japan. Some of them may also go to US, UK and other countries for higher education,” he said.

Thanking Wennerholm for proposing to write a book on him, Kumar said : “It feels good to see people from across the world, especially those from developed countries, appreciating my small initiative and coming all the way to Patna to know more about it. It inspires me further.”

A few months ago, a team from Japan’s leading channel, Tokyo TV, had made a documentary on Super 30.

Channels from other countries had also visited Patna earlier to capture the essence of Super 30.

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