'Super 30' founder Anand Kumar has been honoured with the 'Maharishi Ved Vyas national award' for his contribution in the field of education in Bhopal.
Bihar-based 'Super 30' educational programme's founder Anand Kumar received the 'Maharishi Ved Vyas national award' from Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday evening at a function organized on the occasion of Independence Day.
The award for year 2014-15 was bestowed upon Kumar for his contribution in the field of education in Bhopal.
The Maharishi Ved Vyas national award is given annually by state government for outstanding contribution and creativity in the field of education.
It carries a citation and cash prize of Rs 2 lakh. During his address, Chouhan appealed to youths to become entrepreneurs even as he claimed the growth rate of the state is the "highest" in the country.
Kumar said such awards motivated him to do better.
"These awards and honours give me motivation to do even better. It shows that society is sensitive to the needs of the poor and anybody making even a small effort for their uplift is recognized. That in itself is a big motivation. I hope I will continue my work with greater passion," he said.
Under the innovative educational programme, launched by Kumar in 2002, 30 meritorious students from the economically-backward sections of the society are selected every year and are trained to crack the country's biggest an toughest engineering exam JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other prestigious engineering colleges in the country.
The students are offered free coaching, food and lodging facilities under 'Super 30'.