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Maths wizards at ISM meet

Academics, researchers and experts working in various disciplines of mathematics and allied areas came together from across the country at Indian School of Mines on Thursday for a three-day national conference to debate and discuss recent developments in the subject.

At the inaugural function held at the ISM’s Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre, the chief guest, former director of the institute Bimlendu Bhushan Bhattacharya, said mathematics was a subject about which many students harboured a phobia that starts from school and is carried through college.

“The onus for allaying these fears associated with mathematics lies with everyone, including teachers,” said Bhattacharya, who is also professor at SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences at Calcutta.

Delivering the keynote address, Bhatnagar awardee scientist Phoolan Prasad said that India had a great tradition in mathematics. “But, mathematics is at the crossroads in our country and we don’t have too many great mathematicians now,” he said.

Most of the delegates were from IISC-Bangalore and various IITs (Kharagpur, Patna, Delhi) and NITs (Durgapur, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh).

According to ISM associate professor of mathematics M.K Singh, the conference received as many as 83 technical papers of which 43 were selected for presentation.

The second day of the meet will see a number of specialised lectures.