| Super 30 founder Anand Kumar (right) with Kiyoshi Kurokawa in Tokyo on Sunday. Telegraph picture |
Super 30 founder Anand Kumar is all set to go global after his phenomenal success in guiding financially weak students crack the IIT-JEE. He would now teach youngsters the tricks of qualifying in an international-level test for pursuing technical courses in 17 universities of Japan.
Anand told The Telegraph over phone from Tokyo on Sunday: “During my meeting with the globally acclaimed scientist Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and the science adviser to the cabinet of Japan, I requested him to make arrangements for providing maximum possible scholarship to the poor Indian students getting a chance to study in Japanese universities through the Japanese Global 30 programme.”
The Japanese Global 30 initiative aims to enhance the inflow of foreign students in Japanese universities from the existing 1.4 lakh annually to 3 lakh by 2020. In November, Yoshino Hiroshi, the director of the University of Tokyo (India operations), had called on Anand in Patna to discuss the initiative.
In Tokyo, Anand explained to Kurokawa the problems of financially weak students in pursuing higher studies in foreign countries, underlining the need of providing scholarship to talented students coming from such sections. “Kurokawa, the man behind the conceptualisation of the Japanese Global 30 initiative, assured me of looking into this aspect so that such students too could be given an opportunity to study there,” Anand said.
Anand himself failed to grab the opportunity of pursuing higher studies abroad because of financial constraints.
The Super 30 founder said he would now prepare his students for taking the benefit of this scheme also as it would give them an opportunity to pursue technical courses in Japanese universities. Anand is on a weeklong tour to Japan on the invitation of the Japan government to explore the emerging prospects for Indian students in the Land of the Rising Sun.
“Kurokawa informed me that the practice of teaching foreign students in Japanese would be done away with. Instead, English would be the medium of imparting lessons. Teachers would now learn English,” Anand said, adding that the advertisements for admission to the Japanese universities through the Global 30 initiative would come out in May-June this year.
In the next one week, Anand would deliver lectures at some places in Tokyo, visit other Japanese institutions and premier Japanese TV channels. The Super 30 founder is scheduled to meet several important personalities also.