Dr. Neena Gupta, a mathematical prodigy
Stood First class First in the Mathematics Honours examination of the Calcutta University in 2006 from Bethune College, Kolkata. She completed her Post Graduation in Mathematics from the Indian Statistical Institute of Kolkata in 2008 and obtained her Ph.D. degree from the same Institute in 2011 with Algebraic Geometry as her field of specialization.
Thereafter it has been a dream journey for this budding young mathematician. She solved the "Zariski Cancellation Problem", which remained unresolved for nearly 70 years. In 2014, the Indian National Science Academy awarded her the INSA Young Scientist Award and in the citation, the Academy described her solution as "one of the best works in Algebraic Geometry in recent years done anywhere". In 2014-2015, she was awarded the prestigious "Swarna Jayanti" Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India as a mark of recognition of her outstanding contributions in the Mathematical Sciences. A product of the Bethune College and ISI of Kolkata, she is at present a faculty of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and an adjunct faculty of the TIFR, Mumbai. Bethune College is truly proud of this outstanding alumna of the College.