Tribune News Service
Shimla, December 22
National Mathematics Day to mark the 133rd birth anniversary of great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan was observed by the Department of Mathematics and the University Institute of Technology (UIT) of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) here today.
The programme was organised on the virtual platform and all faculty members of the Mathematics Department and the UIT and students of M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D, research scholars participated. HPU Vice-Chancellor Sikender Kumar presided over the event. He announced that a Centre for Indian Mathematics would be established in the Department of Mathematics of the university and additional space would be provided for it. He advised the Department of Mathematics to start its own journal and constitute a mathematical society of HPU immediately. He also highlighted the works of Ramanujan.
Prof Ruchi Das from Delhi University was the invited speaker. She focused on the contributions of Indian mathematicians Bhaskracharya, Brahmgupta, Aryabhatta and Ramanujan in different areas of mathematics.
She also gave a brief account of mathematics in ancient India and the modern era and spoke about the early life of Ramanujan and his contribution to the theory of numbers, including pioneering discoveries of the properties of the partition function. An online poster making competition was also organised on the topic “Mathematics in Nature” in which 37 students of the university participated. Diksha of M.Sc (Mathematics) won the first prize, Shagun Sangha of the UIT-CSE stood second while Nitansh of the UIT-IT and Monika of M.Sc (Mathematics) were joint third. A presentation on Ramanujan’s biography by Ashima, a Ph.D scholar, was also a part of the programme.
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