Mathematician and Super 30 founder Anand Kumar said it is the bureaucrats who can bring real change in the society as they work at the grassroots. Addressing a batch of IAS trainees at the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration here yesterday, he asked bureaucrats to have the will to bring about lasting change in the society which could benefit the last man on the street.
Kumar said, “More than the political leadership, it is the bureaucrats who can really bring change, for they are the persons who shape programmes and policies at the grassroots and have the wherewithal to ensure that the benefits reach the targeted groups in right measures.”
There are so many programmes and schemes for the poor, but the real issue is the effective and the timely implementation, which only bureaucrats can ensure on ground, he said. Speaking on the topic ‘Equity in Education’ on the academy’s invitation, Kumar said, “Education is not the preserve of a select few. Given the opportunity, equality in education can lead to a world of difference in the society.”
Started by Kumar, Super 30 is an initiative under which students belonging to the underprivileged sections are given coaching to help them get into India’s premiere IITs. Citing the examples of many Super 30 students, Kumar said it was just a matter of making available right opportunities to the right people at the right time to witness generational change.
So far, over 400 Super 30 students mentored by Anand and looked after by his family have made it to the IITs.