Super 30, the innovative educational program offering free coaching, lodging and food facilities to 30 selected meritorious underprivileged students to help them prepare for admission to the country’s most prestigious Engineering Institutions – Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), has become a subject of study for a project, supported by the British Council under UK - India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).
The University of East London, UK, in partnership with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai is conducting a Research on “Exploring good practices in overcoming deprivation in India and UK” with an aim to map social innovation strategies in overcoming multiple deprivations in select locations in India and UK.
For the project, 3 case studies each have been selected from both the countries – Britain and India. Of the 3 Indian case studies, one is ‘Super 30’ of Bihar while the other 2 case studies are from Mumbai – one on slums and the other on Hindu-Muslim unity.
“The specific objectives of the study include identification of varied aspects of ‘deprivation and un-freedoms’ which limit the potentials of people coming from deprived socio-economic background,” Anand Kumar, founder of Super 30, said.
It also includes understanding the context of deprivations identified by the chosen organizations for their interventions, understanding and analyzing strategies, approaches and methods and suggests arenas of policy practice in social protections and overcoming deprivations, he added.
As part of the project, the team interviewed 50 successful students from Super 30 and recorded their life experiences. The team also spent time with the students and noted the efforts put in by them not only towards gaining education but also for bringing about a social transition through education.
‘The findings of the study would make international community aware of the work and efforts of Super 30’, a team member said.
Chairperson of Centre for Community Organization and Development practice, TISS, Mumbai, Manish K Jha, said that Super 30 was selected as a case study because it suited to the theme of the project "Exploring good practices in overcoming deprivation". It shows how education could make a lasting difference to deprivation.
Informing that the study has been completed and presentation will be made soon, Jha said “It will be published in leading journals of the world’’.
Expressing his pleasure over the fact that people were trying to understand the art and science of Super 30, Anand said “The students from deprived sections have amply demonstrated that with right opportunity, they are themselves capable to scripting change. Once admitted in Super 30, they spend about 16 hours a day at their study routine”.
Time magazine has declared Super 30 as the 'Best of Asia', while Newsweek included it in the list of four most innovative schools of the world. Besides, Super 30 has also featured in the national and international news media. Japan's famous NHK channel has featured the initiative, as has French 24, Discovery Channel and China Central Television from China.
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