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After disassociating himself from the original Super 30, Bihar Military Police (BMP) Additional Director General of Police Abhayanand is taking the concept even further.
Now, the ADGP has involved former Bihar Legislative Council member Maulana Wali Rehmani to start a "Rehmani Super 30" at Patna; businessmen, doctors and engineers to start a "Magadh Super 30" at Gaya; an "Ang Super 30" at Bhagalpur; and a "Nalanda Super 30" at Biharsharif.
With the sixth batch of students trained by him and mathematician Anand Kumar as part of Super 30 in Patna all clearing this year's IIT-JEE exams, Abhayanand had bid the project goodbye. Saying he had nothing more to prove at the centre, he had said that he wanted to take the experiment in "social laboratory" to other marginalised groups.
The first stop was the almost defunct hospital of the Bihar Military Police, which this police officer-cum-physics teacher revived with the help of the constabulary. And now, he is ready to start more Super 30s.
Says Abhayanand: "We conducted physics, chemistry and mathematics tests this August and selected 10 Muslim students (all boys) for Rehmani 30, 17, including two girls, at Gaya, 13 students, including two girls, at Biharsharif and eight at Bhagalpur."
These students will be trained for the IIT-JEE examination and provided free accommodation for the eight months (September to April) running up to it. Community funding (Rs 5-7 lakh for an entire session at a centre) will help run the programme.
At "Magadh Super 30" at Dandibagh, Gaya, about a dozen businessmen and doctors pooled in Rs 5 lakh to support the students for the entire session. "It was very easy to sell the concept. The community just lapped it up after a single canvassing," says Abhayanand.
At Biharsharif, Arvind Kumar, who runs a school, has volunteered to support "Nalanda Super 30" along with some doctors; while two retired professors of Bhagalpur College of Engineering have been teaching mathematics and physics at "Ang Super 30".