E. Tandapani, Department of Mathematics of Ramanujan Institute of Advanced Sciences, Chennai, on Friday highlighted the need to bridge certain knowledge gaps in the filed of mathematics in the country. Speaking at a three-day seminar on “Mathematical modelling in Natural and Physical Sciences” held here under the aegis of the Department of Mathematics, St. Theresa’s College for Women, Mr. Tandapani observed that the country was facing an acute shortage of competitive mathematicians.

He proposed to overcome the shortage by way of promoting concept-based teaching in the subject.

The seminar was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology in connection with the declaration of the year, 2012 as the National Mathematical Year to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujam, a genius of international repute in mathematics. G. Ganesan, Head of Department of Mathematics, Adikavi Nannayya University, V. Umamaheswara Rao, Registrar of Andhra University, spoke. K.L. Saraswati Devi, seminar convener, conducted the proceedings.

Paper to be presented

Meanwhile, a paper will be presented on “Mathematical modelling for pollution in Kolleru and Chilka lakes” by P.D.N. Srinivas from the Department of Mathematics, Andhra University at the seminar on Saturday.