GUWAHATI, Jan 8 � �Abacus�, the mathematical society for the children, celebrated the birth anniversary of the legendary mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan on January 4 on the Silpukhuri premises of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir here, in association with the Maharishi Vidya Mandir (MVM) authorities.
According to a press release, �Abacus� founder secretary Dr Ranjana Choudhury, who is also a former Head of the Department of Mathematics, Handique Girls� College here, elaborated the significance of the celebration and highlighted initiatives taken by �Abacus� towards popularising mathematics amongst the schoolchildren and helping them overcome the �Maths Phobia�.
She stated that the best way to pay tributes towards the great Indian mathematician is by popularising it amongst the members of the young generation. Addressing the function chaired by Monika Goswami, principal, MVM Silpuukhuri, Dr Arup Kumar Mishra, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Assam Engineering College, enlightened the students and participants on the life and works of Ramanujan.
Asserting that hidden talents are abundant amongst the students, he emphasised the need to identify, nurture and project them in the proper perspective. He also made an appeal to the students to overcome their usual shyness and to be bold in displaying their talents. Jesim Hazarika, a former teacher of Mathematics in the Handique Girls� College, exhorted the students to take mathematics as fun and not shy away from it.
As a part of the programme, a mathematical model and chart competition was held among the students of Class IX of greater Guwahati to generate interest about mathematics among the students and to introduce them to the beautiful world of mathematics.
Students of MVM, Silpukhuri, and Hindusthani Kendriya Vidyalaya performed commendably in the competition. Winners of the competition were awarded prizes instituted in the memory of Late Professor Phanidhar Dutta, Professor Rajani Kanta Chakraborty, Professor Bapu Krishna Chaudhury, Rameswar Kalita, Late Keshab Chandra Bhuyan and Late Muhib Ahmed Hazarika.
Mrinal Krishna Choudhury offered the vote of thanks on the occasion.