Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha campus is getting ready to host the second edition of the national workshop on ‘Ancient Indian mathematics with special focus on Vedic mathematics and astronomy' from February 24 to 28.

The event is held under the joint aegis of RSVP's Department of Mathematics and Rayalaseema University's (Kurnool) Department of Operations Research and SQC, as part of the ‘National Mathematics Year 2012' celebrations.

Besides being a repository of traditional ‘sastras', Sanskrit has been the storehouse of ancient scientific wisdom that has been widely used by the faculties of mathematics, physical sciences and astronomy. Scientists are equally keen as scholars are in unfolding the scientific knowledge hidden in the scriptures passed down right from the Vedic ages. The fact that the seminar is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi bears testimony to this.

According to the General Chair V.Ramesh Babu and the co-chair C.Umashankar representing the two varsities, living mathematical legend ‘Padma Vibhushan' C.R. Rao will be conferred the honoris causa (D.Litt/Vachaspathi) on the occasion by the Vidyapeetha's Chancellor and Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik. Expert lectures will be delivered by S.G.Dani (TIFR Mumbai), K.Rama Subrahmanyam (IIT Mumbai), G.N. Das (Orissa), V.Kannan (University of Hyderabad), P.V.Arunachalam, former Vice-chancellor of Dravidian University and M.N. Chennabasappa (IIT Delhi) among others.

Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy has planned to synchronise the seminar with the annual convocation.

Renowned mathematicians from across the country are taking part in the event.

A.D. RANGARAJAN,

in Tirupati