Srinagar: The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar's social start-up Move Beyond-A Career Counselling School, held a live interview with a renowned Kashmiri Mathematician, Prof M A Sofi as part of its online educational series- Career Chat.
Director NIT Srinagar, Prof (Dr) Rakesh Sehgal is the Chief Patron of the International Youth Outreach and Employability Program (IYOEP) under which all these programmes are being organized. Prof M A Sofi shared his journey and experience in-depth with the audience and talked about the struggles he had gone through to embark on his journey of becoming an expert in mathematics.
He urged students to have faith in their capabilities without getting affected by any kind of external pressure. They should listen to their inner call.
Prof Sofi discussed career opportunities for students available in the field of mathematics including teaching, research, and actuarial mathematics. Students can find scope in interesting areas such as insurance companies, financial institutions, climatology, data science, psychology, etc.
"A student can land into several demanding and fascinating fields through mathematics. It has a great scope," he said. Prof. Sofi dispelled the societal assumption that girls cannot be good at mathematics.
"Girls excel and perform equally well in mathematics as their male counterparts. There are numerous girls who have made their mark in this field," he said.
Prof. Sofi is currently a visiting Professor at National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). He has been a recipient of the DAAD Fellowship and Ramanujan Prize (2009) respectively.
He was a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Mathematics, University of Kashmir, up to 2019.