by Maleeha Sofi
SRINAGAR: Kashmiri Institute of Mathematical Science (KIMS) will now be teaching both online and offline. The initiative that has introduced some new study models in Kashmir has been online since 2019.
On October 13, 2022, KIMS members had a long brainstorming session at Aspire Heritage School to devise the future course of action in making upmarket, high-paying professional courses popular. Dr Rukhsaan ul Haq, who is a scientist at IBM, led the discussions.
The meeting was attended by many reputed teachers, researchers, and postgraduate and undergraduate students from diverse science backgrounds. They shared their experiences and offered opinions about the current education system and the prevailing net deficit. They made suggestions for making the new courses popular.
KIMS has been teaching students online various courses about artificial intelligence, data sciences and python for the last three years. They have been guiding students and mentoring them personally. KIMS comprises various scholars from mathematical and physics backgrounds who have immense contributions to their own fields and have a group up to mentor the new generation. Most of them are professionals serving different organisations.
Now, they are keen to start offline teaching. They are planning to reach out to students at school levels, and make the new courses popular by making the school managers and the classrooms aware of the market conditions and the appetite for new courses.
Literally set on a mission to spread awareness about various career options available all over the globe in the new fields, KIMS said they will be clearing the misconceptions in the general public about certain career options.
They intend to popularise career options primarily in Mathematics and Physics and later in other fields too. They are planning to do a teacher’s training programme where they will train teachers about Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Computation and other allied subjects. Teachers will then be capable of transferring the knowledge to their students. Their vision is to see all the students equipped with knowledge about diversity in the science field in the coming years.
In the last three years, they concluded a number of activities to execute their plan on the ground such as compiling a Mathematics book for elementary-level students and setting up physics labs in every district which will be open to all for experiments among other plans.
KIMS is the first Institute in Kashmir to teach data science, computation, and experimentation. There are only a few such institutes in India. KIMS plans to be the unique among them all.