28 August 2017 Volume :5 Issue :42

Mathematician Equates Hard Work with Success

Mathematician Equates Hard Work with Success
Mr Kishan Dayram caught in the act of solving yet another mathematical problem.

Mathematics is synonymous with precision, abstraction and logical thinking and this is what drew the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship recipient, Mr Kishan Dayaram, to the field. ‘I’ve always loved maths because I enjoy problem-solving and every maths problem has one correct answer,’ he says. 

Despite possessing a natural aptitude for Mathematics from a young age, he wasn’t sure if it was the right path for him. He knew, however, that if he persisted and worked hard he would get to where he wanted to be. ‘I would tell my younger self that everything is going to be fine. Even if you don’t know what you are doing, just keep at it. It will all work out,’ he mused. 

This tenacity led Dayaram to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Maths and Statistics, from the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. He seems to have developed a winning formula for mathematical excellence and for this he has been rewarded with the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the College’s top five undergraduates proceeding from first to second year of study. 

‘It is a great opportunity that allows me to focus on my studies and it motivates me to work hard and continue learning. Thank you for this opportunity and for recognising my achievements,’ he said. 

Dayaram acknowledged the supportive role his parents have played in his story. 

His mother, Indrani Dayaram, is very proud of her son and his achievements. She described him as a strong, mature, helpful and dependable individual. 

Dayaram is not afraid to try new things because he lives by the words of bicycle racer, Jens Voigt, who once said: ‘If you try to win you might lose, but if you don’t try to win you will lose for sure!’ For this reason, he wants to delve deeper into his studies and conduct research in pure Mathematics. 

When asked what inspiring greatness means to him, his answer is clear and simple. ‘It means to push someone to be the best they can be and not to settle for anything less.’ The Maths programme at UKZN also pushes students to their limits and requires their best, therefore very few excel.  With his high standards and formidable work ethic, it is clear that the odds for success will always favour Dayaram. 

We asked Dayaram a few questions:

Q. What is your guilty pleasure?    

A. Watching videos on YouTube.

Q. What was the last thing you Googled? 

A. Chess24 – live chess playing website.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?           

A. They are so well hidden that I don’t even know what they are.

Q. What is the most used App on your phone?    
A. Chess app

Q. What song is your current “jam”?        

A. “What would I change it to” by Avicii

Q. What is your fondest childhood memory?

            A. Going on holiday with family.

Sashlin Girraj

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