| Students at the exam centre in Patna on Sunday. Telegraph picture |
A “solve and win” contest organised by Ramanujam School of Mathematics, which runs Super30, evoked tremendous response on Sunday.
Nearly 2,500 students from different schools and colleges fought it out in three papers comprising physics, chemistry and mathematics. The test, based on concepts, was open to students of classes X to XII and the objective was to judge the analytical skills of the young ones.
The participants were given 30 objective-type questions. The best-performing students would be given prizes and guidance in their preparation for different engineering competitions. The results of the contest would be declared on August 2.
The students came from as far as Jehanabad, Arwal, Muzaffarpur and other parts of the state, besides Patna. The huge response of students in the test was primarily because there was no eligibility criteria for appearing in the test and the examination fees being very nominal.
“I have come from Arwal to test my skills. When I got to know of the contest, I immediately filled up the form. It cost me just Rs 10. There cannot be anything cheaper than this,” said Avinash Kumar (17), an Intermediate student of SD College. He added: “By appearing in the test, we can get to know our calibre and potential and where we actually stand before examinations.”
Mahjabeen Durrano of St Joseph’s was also enthusiastic about the event. “I want to win some awards and I hope to receive it from Anand Sir,” she said.
Sourav Kumar of BN Collegiate is preparing for his engineering examination but he was there to take part in the contest. “I hope to win, as I have prepared for this,” he said.
Super30 founder Anand Kumar said he was quite happy seeing the response. “I did not expect so many students to turn up at such a short notice. It was mainly organised to develop scientific temperament among the students and make the subjects easier for them. If the students enjoy these subjects, they will learn it easily and faster,” he added.
Based on the performance of students in the test, around 50 top students would receive guidance and assistance for clearing competitive tests free of cost from Anand, along with attractive prizes.
Anand has been mentoring hundreds of students from underprivileged section of society in cracking the IIT-JEE examinations. Recently, Anand had decided to guide tribal students from Chhattisgarh in cracking the IIT-JEE and other engineering entrance tests.
The education department of Chhattisgarh has decided to launch a special education programme for underprivileged children under the guidance of Anand. For his noble cause, Anand would accept Re 1 for a year as a token amount for his contribution from the Chhattisgarh government.