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Maths Guru Helping India's Poor Kids

Matthew Bannister speaks to Anand Kumar, the Indian maths expert who's helping poor students to get into the country's elite school.

Today we meet Anand Kumar, a mathematician from Patna, in Bihar, one of India's poorest states. His family struggled to pay for his education, so when he finally overcame the obstacles to become a distinguished mathematician, he was determined to help others. He is the founder of Super 30, a school that offers free coaching to students from poor backgrounds who want to get into India's most prestigious engineering school, the Indian Institute of Technology.

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