A student from the much famed Super 30 in Bihar, who happens to be the son of a low-wage earner, has been awarded a scholarship by a Japan university for pursuing higher education.
Super 30 is renowned for facilitating free coaching and assistance to students belonging to underprivileged section of the society to qualify the IIT JEE Advanced entrance examination for admission to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). In the last 13 years, 308 of the 360 students coached by Super 30 have cracked the exam.
“Abhisek Gupta has made it to University of Tokyo for international programme on environmental sciences at College of Arts and Sciences, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo,” Super 30 founder director Anand Kumar told the media on Thursday.
The administration of the University of Tokyo has offered admission to Gupta whose father is a generator operator, under the STEM Kikuchi-UTokyo scholarship program.
“The cost of study in Japan’s premiere university cannot be incurred by Gupta’s family members. This has become possible due to his hard work and good performance, besides interest shown by the Tokyo authorities,” Kumar confirmed.
Kumar also stated that authorities from the university had visited Super 30 several times last year and even invited Kumar to Japan.
As per the official communication between Gupta and the University, he has been awarded a four-year scholarship that will cover admission fee, a monthly allowance, and four years of tuition.
“It is something that I could not even dream about. I can only afford two square meal for my family, but now Abhisek’s life will change,” his father said.