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ORIGAMI:Maths can be taught to children using a piece of paper.— FILE PHOTO
ORIGAMI:Maths can be taught to children using a piece of paper.— FILE PHOTO

To celebrate the National Mathematics Year, the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat (KRVP) has organised a three-day workshop for high school teachers at Vijnana Bhavana. The workshop began on Monday.

C.R. Pranesachar, a renowned mathematician from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), inaugurated the workshop. His talk was on how to solve unconventional problems and Mr. Pranesachar dwelt on the genius of S. Ramanujan. The workshop was attended by over 40 teachers from 17 districts across the State, a press release said.

S. Balachandra Rao, Director, Gandhi Centre, Science and Human Values, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, spoke on ancient Indian mathematicians.

The talks were followed by interactive sessions between the speakers and teachers.

Origami expert V.S.S. Shastry engaged the teachers with hands-on activities and revealed some interesting mathematical concepts involved in the art of paper folding. He demonstrated how maths can be taught to children using a piece of paper.

The National Mathematics Year in India is being celebrated as a tribute to Ramanujan, whose 125th birth anniversary falls on December 22 this year.

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