Super30 founder gets Massachusetts Institute of Technology invite for teaching

Patna: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar has got an invite from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to join their open online initiative for teaching mathematics.

Kumar has got the offer from edX, a massive open online course (MOOC) provider and an initiative of MIT and Harvard University, to be part of it, a statement by Super 30 said today.

edX hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines, including some free of cost, for students world-wide in English, Mandarin, French and Spanish. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform.

Anant Agarwal, Professor, MIT, has written to Mr Kumar as to how his Super 30 initiative was similar to edX and the two by working together could reach out to more and more students.

“We would be delighted to explore how we might be able to work together by taking your Super 30 content onto our platform.”

“edX is trying to accomplish goals similar to yours by providing opportunity and leveling the educational playing field for millions of students in India and around the world,” the MIT professor said.

Kumar said it was an honour that institutions like MIT were taking note of his initiative.

“It is nice to hear that they too are working for underprivileged students across the globe and making available quality content to them,” Kumar, who himself could not go to Cambridge University for want of money, added.

Mr Kumar has been running Super 30, an initiative to mentor students from underprivileged sections free of cost for IIT JEE. The program has recorded success for the last 14 years by helping more than 325 poor students crack IIT since 2002. This year 28 out of 30 students of Super 30 got into IIT.