Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) hosted a three-day international conference on ‘Advances in Mathematical and Computational Methods' under the DST-Curie project last week. Two hundred delegates, including math academia and computer scientists, presented papers on arithmetic, geometry and computer sciences, while the fifteen technical sessions and a special panel discussion on ‘Women in science – Prospects and problems' generated interesting output. Vice-Chancellor G.Sarojamma, herself a mathematician, acted as the moderator of the session. Former Vice-Chancellor P.Geervani saw the number of women scientists proportionately less in number even in advanced countries and decried the ‘gross injustice' to them.
Beata Briestenska of Comenius University, Slovakia, called digital technologies the basic necessities of education, which constituted the major portion of the challenges towards catching up with the social and economic revolutions. Similarly, Josezf Briestensky from University of Slovakia (USA) saw Indian youth as able to influence the advanced countries in a positive way.
B. Krishna Gandhi, Vice-Chancellor of JNTU Anantapur, took part as the chief guest in the valedictory session and spoke on the intertwined relation between mathematics and computer science that had become so inseparable and indispensable, thus becoming the backbone for the technological advancements in the various fields of sciences and engineering.
He saw mathematics as having an influence on physics, chemistry, civil engineering, space technology and astronomy etc., with image processing, pattern recognition, data warehousing and data mining and neural networks having their roots in mathematical models and theories.
Registrar E.Manju Vani, event organisers A.Leela Ratnam and S.Jyothi were among the participants.