GUWAHATI, May 21 - The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, recently felicitated Dr Ranjana Choudhury, former head of the Department of Mathematics, Handique Girls� College here, on the occasion of the First International Women in Mathematics Day.
Dr Choudhury was honoured for her untiring work in popularising mathematics, primarily for children, and also for being an exceptionally committed mathematics teacher and for raising awareness in society as a whole about mathematics. She has penned several books, a number of articles for newspapers and journals and taken up various activities for popularisation of mathematics.
Women in Mathematics Day is celebrated to mark the birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani, who was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. A leading global expert in geometry and dynamical systems, she was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014, considered to be the top mathematical award globally. She was the first woman mathematician to receive this award.
The �Women in Mathematics� initiative is supported by several organisations worldwide and it has selected for this year three Indian institutions for the purpose of celebrating it, MIT being one of them.