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Patna: Another student from Super 30 in Bihar, Kunal Kumar, has been awarded a scholarship by a Japanese university for pursuing higher education.

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Super 30 founder-director Anand Kumar said on Tuesday that Kunal has made it to the University of Tokyo for an international program.

“It is a big break for him,” Anand said.

For Kunal, son of a low-wage earner, it is a dream come true.

Till four years ago, he was struggling even to get a proper education. His father had no job, and he gave home tuitions to make a living.

Kunal, who is on cloud nine, said his life changed after getting into Super 30. He got into IIT, Guwahati after clearing the JEE.

“Had I not reached Super 30, such opportunities would have remained elusive for a small town boy like me. I would not have been able to move out. It was a turning point. Today, I am going to Tokyo with full scholarship,” he added.

Anand Kumar, who had been invited by the University of Tokyo in Japan for educational collaboration, was happy over Kunal’s achievement.

“This is good that Kunal Kumar has got the opportunity. International exposure in a technologically advanced nation like Japan will help him a lot,” Anand said.

“Tokyo University’s Yashino Haroshi had also come several times to Patna and discussed with me how more deserving students could benefit from the collaboration,” he added.

Anand Kumar said it was a matter of great satisfaction for him that students from the underprivileged sections were not only reaching IIT with the help of Super 30, but also getting an opportunity to study at globally acclaimed institutions.

“This proves what equal opportunity can do. The youth of the country have the talent to do wonders,” Anand said.

Earlier this year, another student of Super 30, Abhishek Gupta, was selected for studying in Tokyo after clearing JEE-mains.

Super 30 is known for providing free coaching and assistance to underprivileged students to help them get into prestigious IITs.

The institute selects 30 students every year from the underprivileged sections of society.

They are taught for around one year free of cost to clear the entrance test for IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology). In the past 13 years, 308 of the institute’s 360 students have cleared it.

(IANS)

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Xiaomi Aims 10,000 Retail Stores in India by 2019

Including all the four retail channels, Xiaomi currently has a total of about 6,000 retail stores in the country

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Making a big push for offline sales in India, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which opened its 1,000th “Mi Store” in the country is on track to reach the target of having 10,000 retail stores by the end of this year, a top company official said on Wednesday.

Xiaomi India said it generated employment for over 2,000 people with the opening of 1,000 Mi Stores, which are spread across 19 states in the country.

“We have been the No. 1 smartphonebrand in India for nine consecutive quarters and our market share in online smartphone business in the country is over 50 per cent.

“The scope of growth in online market share is now limited. Therefore, we are focusing on expanding our offline presence in a big way,” Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain told a select group of journalists here.

According to him, Xiaomi’s current market share in the offline smartphone business in India is 20 per cent.

“By the end of this year, we are hoping to have 50 per cent of our smartphone sales in the country from offline channels,” he added.

Xiaomi had primarily been an online brand since its inception and started its offline sales in India just two years ago.

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The company announced the opening of 500 Mi Stores in the country in November last year, saying that it was planning to open 5,000 such retail stores in the rural parts of the country by end of this year.

“Mi Stores” are similar to the bigger “Mi Home” stores currently operational in the metros and other big cities.

In addition to the 1,000th Mi Store launch, Xiaomi India also announced the launch of Mi Studios, the latest addition to its existing three retail channels.

Located currently in Bengalure and Mumbai, with an average size of 400-600 sq.ft, the new Mi Studios are an optimised version of Mi Homes, Xiaomi said, adding that it was working towards opening 200 Mi Studios by the end of this year.

Xiaomi, which surpassed Samsung to become the market leader in 2018 with 28.9 per cent share in the Indian smartphone market, also has over 5,000 Mi Preferred Partner (third-party) stores spread across over 50 cities.

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“We are learning from other other brands such as Samsung and Vivo in expanding our offline presence in the country,” Jain added.

Including all the four retail channels, Xiaomi currently has a total of about 6,000 retail stores in the country. (IANS)