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An ode to India’s Mathematical wizards  

Apeejay Svran Global School students host a special assembly on the occasion of National Mathematics Day

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“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms. It is about understanding” -Shri Srinivasa Ramanujan

Maths as a subject is reputed for terrifying countless students. However, it is also the subject that has gifted mankind thousands of inventions which have improved quality of life drastically. India has given the world geniuses in every field, mathematics being no exception. In the world of numbers, India has gifted the world legendary figures from Aryabhatta to Srinivas Ramanujan to Shakuntala Devi.  Thus, it is only fitting that the nation celebrates ‘A National Mathematics Day’ to honour the subject that has given the world so much.

The day is observed on the birth anniversary of Srinivas Ramanujan i.e. December 22 to revere the man who gave the world thousands of path breaking discoveries. He was also the first Indian to become a fellow of the Trinity College, Cambridge and the Royal Society, Great Britain.

Class 9 students of Apeejay Svran Global School organised a special virtual assembly on the occasion of ‘National Mathematics Day’ on December 22.

The assembly commenced on a positive note as Harshpreet Kaur soulfully chanted the Gayatri mantra. It was followed by Sonam Choudhary reading out the morning prayers. Gaurav Gaur reminded all the students about their duties and responsibilities by narrating the school pledge. Aditri Arya narrated the thought for the day and Jia Zutshi presented the daily news.  The assembly was efficiently moderated by Shriram Sharma.

Daksh Kaushik updated the students about the historical significance and importance of the date December 22. He said, “On December 22, 1877, Thomas Edison’s Phonograph was announced to the world as a successful invention. Also, the very first strands of electric lights used in Christmas were invented by Thomas Edison on December 22, 1880. Thus this is a historically important date in a larger global context.”

Aaveni Rajput presented facts about mathematicians and their contributions to the world. She said, “On February 26 2012 at Madras University, former Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh had announced that December 22 is to be observed as the National Mathematics Day to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Shri Srinivas Ramanujan.”  She further added, “India has given the world numerous mathematicians through the ages. The contributions of Aryabhatta (first to calculate the number of days in a year), Hemchandra (gave the Fibonacci sequence), PC Mahalanobis (discovered divergence-based statistics), C.R.Rao (first to discover theory of estimation), Brahmgupta (first to prove the concept of zero in mathematics), Satyendra Nath Bose (discovered the Bose-Einstein condensate phenomenon) and Bhasakra (discovered the modern Calculus) have lighted the world in so many ways.”

The vote of thanks was proposed by Sagar Lohia.  

Principal, Mrs Deepika Arora, addressed the assembly and praised the students for their efforts. She highlighted the immense contribution of Indian mathematicians and further communicated the importance of celebrating the birth anniversary of India’s famed mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

“The National Mathematics Day is observed on the birth anniversary of celebrated mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan. He lived for a mere thirty two years but in such a short span of time he gave the world thousands of equations and theorems. He is an inspiration for all. I would like all Apeejay students to learn from the great soul. You must remember that in life, akin to maths, every problem also has a solution.”

Mrs Deepika Arora, PRINCIPAL, Apeejay Svran Global School

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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