National Mathematics Week celebrations held at St. Theresa’s College for Women in Eluru from July 8 under the aegis of the National Council for Science and Technology Communications and the Andhra Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (APCOST) attempted to pass on the country’s rich heritage of Mathematics to the GenNext. The programme paid tributes to Srinivasa Ramanujam on his birth anniversary . Around 160 students from schools and colleges representing Krishna, West and East Godavari districts took part in a slew of events conducted during the week. The programme got off to a colourful start with the key-note address by Prof. V. Kannan, School of Mathematics, University of Hyderabad. Workshops on a range of topics relating to Mathematics such as “Ancient Indian Mathematics”, “Application of differential equations”, “Mathematical modelling” were held as part of the celebrations.
Speaking at the inaugural session, the subject experts—Prof. Kannan, K.V.S. Rama Rao and K. Srinivasa Rao of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai emphasized the need to sensitize the latest generation on the country’s glory and rich heritage in Mathematics. They called upon the students to draw inspiration from the country’s geniuses in Mathematics like Srinivasa Ramanujam and Aryabhatta who showed whole world the way with their path-breaking findings in the subject.
A number of UG and Intermediate students pursuing Mathematics presented papers during the technical sessions. The papers presented by E.Y.G. Bharati, V. Pavani Sai Venkata Venkatadurga of Government College, Rajahmundry helped them win first prize and cash award of Rs 3,000 each while Bhavana Shanmukhi from S.D.M.S. Mahila Kalasala got second prize with a cash award of Rs 2,000. At PG level K. Mounika, V. Srilasya of St. Theresa’s College, Eluru, bagged first and second prizes with cash awards of Rs 5,000 and 3,000 respectively. Several high school students participated in the essay-writing contest on `The glory of Mathematics in Ancient India’ and quiz competition.