The Emerald Heights International School hosted two-day 12th National Mathematics Convention on December 21-22, 2017. Showcasing Mathematics models and learning tricks, more than 300 delegates from across the country including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra participated in the convention. Chief Guests of the event were Dr. Mohanbhai Patel, Ex-Sheriff of Mumbai and presently Chairman of Patel Excursion Group and Mr. Nishal Narayanam, Founder of Nischal’s Smart Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Nischals), Youngest Double Guinness World Record Holder and accredited as one of the Seven Brilliant Brains of the World, by the National Geographic Channel. He is the youngest CA India has ever produced. He is also the youngest to have completed graduation and double post-graduation in his early teens. In the opening ceremony welcoming the guests, school students sang classical songs and performed colourful dance compositions. Following the cultural presentation, delegates discussed various aspects of Mathematics and its application.
Talking about the seminar, Chairman of All India Ramanujan Foundation, Dr. Chandramauli Joshi said, “We work on removing fear of Mathematics from the minds of students by empowering them with simple tricks. He said that they were sharing those tricks with students and other educators during the convention”.
Most schools teach Mathematics with chalk and talk in classrooms that only helps a few students to understand the subject. So, we need to be more innovative and make Mathematics easier for children, as clearing basic concepts to them is the only way to remove its fear, Joshi said. Sharing the objective behind hosting such conference, school Principal Mr. Siddharth Singh said, “We want children to enjoy learning and specially, a subject like Mathematics”. Dr. Mohanbhai Patel talked about various applications of Mathematics and discussed his experiences of developing aluminium ophthalmic nozzle with students. Dr J.J. Rawal, Indian Astrophysicist and Scientific Educator recognized for his work in the popularization of Science. He has served as the Director of Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai and presently the President of Indian Planetarium Society, Mumbai, talked about the need of mathematics for launching satellites and determining their positions. Dr. Arvind C Ranade, a scientist explained simple tricks of Mathematics while sharing his experience of working in space sciences. Dr. Rajesh Thakur, Mathematics author talked about simple ways to clear Mathematics concepts that focused on real life applications. Dr Dipakbhai Pandya, ISRO scientist shared his experience of ISRO. Brig. MN Kapapatti, Dr. Shashiranjan Yadav and Ms. Saleha K Kureshi shared various fun tricks of solving Mathematics equation. Also present in the convention were Mr. BN Rao, scientist, Mr. K Bhanumoorty, educationist, Dr. Rajesh Thakur and Mr. DVGK Murthi.
Teachers were also felicitated for their contributions in education. Ms. Suleha Qureshi was given Appreciation Award. She is associated with Ramanujan Club since 14 years. Mr. Mohan Patel of Rajasthan felicitated for starting Abdul Kalam Young Scientist Center and Mr. Mehul Kumar for training teachers of government schools from 8 districts of M.P.
Various competitions were also organised during the convention wherein students of 18 states participated. Kushagra and Krish of the Emerald Heights secured first position in Vedic Mathematics. Krishna, Chinmay and Yash secured second position in Mathematics Relay. In Junior Quiz Mathematics Relay Balbharat School, New Delhi secured top position.