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A team from a Japanese television channel has arrived in Patna to make a documentary on Anand Kumar, who founded Bihar's free coaching centre Super 30. Yuta Amma from Japan's Kansai Telecasting Corporation, told that Anand Kumar is regarded as “a role model in Japan”. Kumar's Super 30 coaching centre has helped many students from underprivileged sections of the society to enter the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Amma is in Patna with his crew to make a special documentary on Kumar and his Super 30. “It is amazing to find underprivileged children sweating it out under expert guidance for the IIT admission. This is a great inspiration for millions of others who want to do it but are unable due to poverty,” he added. Amma interacted with students, their families as well as Kumar and his family. He is the latest in a long list of Japanese media professionals who visited Patna to make documentaries on the widely know Super 30 and its founder. Earlier, Yoichi Itoh, chief economist of STB Research Institute has made such a film for NHK Channel. After that, NHK's producer Emiko Amagawa came here in 2007 to make an hour-long documentary on Kumar and his school. Then came Japan's Amazon TV for yet another film on Super 30. Japan's famous actress and Miss Japan Norika Fujiware came to Patna to make another film for TV Man Union. “I am happy that my small initiative has put Bihar on the global educational map. This will inspire me to do even better to make Bihar and India proud,” Anand Kumar said. Kumar, who started the Ramanujam School of Mathematics in 1992, founded the Super 30 in 2002. In the last eight years, the novel initiative has helped 212 students clear the IIT entrance test. During the last three years, all the 30 students of the institute made it to the IITs, drawing worldwide attention. Most of the successful candidates have been from the most underprivileged sections of society. They are provided with free food, lodging and free coaching. The students have to pass a competitive test to get into Super 30 and then commit themselves to a year of 16-hour study each day, Kumar said.

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