With 2012 being observed as the national mathematical year, organisations in the city are geared up to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of one of India’s greatest mathematicians — Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan’s birthday viz December 22 is commemorated as the National Mathematics Day.
Vidjnanabharti, a city-based centre that promotes science and technology, along with MSO Boys School (Perugate Bhave School), has organised a unique exhibition on the occasion.
Ravindra Vanjarvadkar, president of Maharashtra Education Society, will inaugurate the event that will be held at Perugate Bhave School on December 7 and 8 at 10 am. More than 100 models and charts will be put up for display. A special talk on ‘Ramanujan and his life as a mathematician’ will be delivered by Dr Vinayak Solapurkar, head of department (HoD), SP High School, at 12.30 pm.
The school will also conduct ‘Ganith Ranjan’, a maths puzzle for students of standard VIII and IX with over 25 schools participating in it.
Speaking at the press conference, professor Murlidhar Godse said, “We all are united for the good cause of promoting mathematics. Whenever I interact with students, I try and evoke interest in them by teaching them the methods of close observation and study of digits and numbers. I teach students the easy methods to learn tables and get great response from them.”
Godse will conduct ‘Fun with numbers’ at Perugate Bhave School on December 8 at 12.30 pm. On December 14, eminent writer Mohan Apte will speak on ‘Journey of mathematics in India’ at SP High School at 9.30 am.
Dr Vijay Bhatkar, one of the pioneers of the Indian IT industry, will be the chief guest for the event, which will also be attended by Dr Dilip Sheth, principal, SP High School.
The school is also arranging for a special movie screening, including a Walt Disney movie on mathematics, a BBC film on evolution of mathematics and a film on Ramanujan’s life.