Monday, April 30, 2007

Education Development Index

The Education Development Index (EDI) prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) shows that Kerala ranks first and Bihar stands at the bottom. The EDI was prepared to track the progress of states towards providing universal elementary education. The break up data showed that Delhi tops in primary education and Kerala tops in upper primary. Among the best performing States were Kerala, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry while Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal and Bihar were at the bottom. As for maintenance at the primary level, Tamil Nadu recorded the best at 100 per cent. Next in the line is Madhya Pradesh (95.50) followed by Kerala with a retention rate of 95.37 per cent. At the national level, the retention rate has gone up from 58 per cent in 2004 to 71 per cent in 2005.

AIEEE 2007 cut-off

According to experts the paper was easy and meant for average students. Some of the questions were from the NCERT Books which let the students to be a bit relaxed. Barring a few questions on maths, BE/BTech aspirants found the three-hour multiple choice-type paper easy. Even the aspiring architects were a bit stumped by maths but they did fairly well in the drawing paper. The paper comprised 40 questions from each subject — maths, physics and chemistry. For each correct answer, one would be awarded three marks while there is a negative marking of one third of the total marks of the question for each wrong answer. There has been a change in the question pattern since last year. Earlier, the paper used to have 75 questions. As questions were mostly from the NCERT textbooks, students found it easy to crack the paper.Out of 6,45,000, there are around 45,000 aspirants who sat for the second paper for the B Arch course in centrally-funded institutions like SPA, IITs and NITs. The 340-mark paper had 93 questions.for AIR 1000 : 250+ may required.for NIIT above 10,000 ranking required.The cut-offs this year would be about 55-60/120 for Mathematics, 55-60/120 for Physics and 60-65/120 for Chemistry.You might be knowing that you need an AIEEE AIR of 12000 to qualify for a seat.So,to put it in a nutshell a score 175-180 marks will be enough to get an AIR of 10000 which is enough to qualify for a seat in a decent college.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

AIEEE 2007

The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) will take place today i.e. April 29, 2007.The AIEEE is an entrance examination for engineering colleges nationwide, and is administered centrally by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Delhi.All-India Engineering/Pharmacy/Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is conducted by CBSE, Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development in compliance with the directives of the Government of India, for admission to degree level courses in Engineering, Pharmacy and Architecture in Central Universities, National Institutes of Technology, Deemed Universities and Institutions in the States/UTs other than those covered by Joint Entrance Examination/State Level Entrance Examination for paid or unpaid seats based on the score. There is a major increase of around 1 lakh candidates this year. Around 6,45,000 students are sitting for the entrance exam out of which72,900 are from Delhi. Candidates will have to appear for a three hour paper comprising questions from physics, chemistry and mathematics. The total marks for each section is 120. For an incorrect response 1 marks would be deducted. The examination will be held in the morning session from 9.30am to 12.30 pm.Those opting for B.Arch course would have to take another paper on the same day in the afternoon session i.e. from 2 pm to 5 pm.

IIT-JEE 2007

Ministry of human resources development (MHRD) asked the centrally-funded educational institutions to carry on the admission process for the general and SC/ST candidates, IITs are relieved as they can declare the JEE results for 2,07,000 candidates on time. However, uncertainty still prevails for those 42,000 OBC candidates who appeared for the test.The IIT-JEE was held on April 8. The IITs are all set to declare their results for 2,07,000 candidates on time i.e. on May 30th . But the uncertainty remains for the 42,000 OBC candidates.The IIT officials are still in confusion that if the quota issue is not solved by May 8, then the next date of hearing given by the Supreme Court is May 28 and if something about the OBC quota is decided then it would be tough for the IIT officials to decide about the OBC ranks in two days.


Modern calculating power keeps finding larger and larger primes, the most enormous stretching to nearly 10 million digits and spelled shorthand in the form of 2 to the 32,582,657th power -1, according to the Web site 1859, the German mathematician Bernhard Riemann uncovered a possible pattern in the distribution of primes. He didn't solve the mystery but pointed later generations of mathematicians in a most promising direction. In the 1940s, Nobel Prize- winning physicist Eugene Wigner noticed that the spectral lines of heavy atoms were governed by an unusual probability distribution. Then, in 1996, Peter Sarnak and Zeev Rudnick found that a related distribution applied to primes, suggesting a deeper underlying similarity to physics.Hilbert posed 23 problems for mathematicians to work on in the 20th century, of which the mystery of primes is the major one to remain untoppled

Saturday, April 28, 2007

American Mathematical Society

UCLA's mathematics department has received the American Mathematical Society's 2007 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. UCLA's department is "an outstanding model of all that a mathematics department can be," the society declared.The award, given annually, recognizes a mathematics department that has distinguished itself by undertaking an innovative or particularly effective program that is of value to the mathematics community or to society."I'm telling everyone I meet," said Christoph Thiele, professor and chair of the UCLA mathematics department. "The AMS is the best mathematical society of its kind in the world. We are very honored by this award.The society praised UCLA's mathematics department for creating "a comprehensive vision for its undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs that involves important interactions with the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through these unusually large training programs, UCLA has become one of the biggest pipelines to mathematical careers in the United States.

United States National Award

The United States Achievement Academy announced today that Ali Pry from Honey Grove, Texas has been named a United States National Award Winner in Mathematics. This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10% of all American high school students.Ali Pry, who attends Bonham High School, was nominated for this national award by Jonna Spiller, a teacher at the school. Ali will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook which is published nationally.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


As per the National Curriculum Framework 2005, syllabi for all classes are being changed in phases. While classes 1, 3, 6, 9 and 10 syllabi were changed for the academic year 2006-07, syllabi for classes 2, 4, 7, 10, 12 are being changed for 2007-08.NCERT doesn’t supply books directly to the 6,810 CBSE schools in India and abroad. We have 235 agents for distribution and there are four Regional Production and Distribution Centres (RPDCs) in Bangalore, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and online version of the changed syllabus is available, printing page after page from the Net is a cumbersome exercise, say teachers. Furthermore, the online version has no background on the changed topics. Also the questions are in the form of an essay, unlike the CBSE pattern of point-to-point answers.

math education

The Senate voted to authorize an additional $16 billion for math and science p rograms over the next four years to keep the nation in the forefront of technology breakthroughs.The increase would boost total spending in these programs to $60 billion over the four-year period.The authorized spending would double total funding for the National Science Foundation in five years and set the Energy Department's Office of Science on a path to double over 10 years.An Innovation Acceleration Research Program would encourage federal agencies to set aside 8 percent of research and development spending for high-risk research.The bill would create science magnet schools, with each of the Energy Department's national laboratories adopting a school to strengthen its math and science programs.There would be funds to train teachers in math and science education and encourage student participation in advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs.Senate passage came a day after the House approved legislation intended to boost the number of highly qualified math and science teachers in U.S. schools.The bill would authorize more than $600 million through 2012 for scholarships and stipends for college students studying math and science in preparation for teaching careers.They could receive annual scholarships of $10,000 if they commit to teaching elementary or secondary pupils upon graduation.

math news

The University of Iowa Department of Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host the 2007 Midwest Geometry Conference May 18-20 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall on the UI campus.Featuring some 24 plenary speakers from Princeton University, Stanford University, MIT and other leading research universities in Asia, Australia, Europe, the United States and New Zealand, the confer-ence will be attended by more than 160 mathematicians from around the world. Also, younger research-ers will deliver parallel session presentations. The free, public conference opens at 8:15 a.m. May 18 with a short welcome, followed by the first plenary talk by Mike Eastwood, professor of mathematics at the University of Adelaide, Australia.The conference is being held in memory of the late Thomas P. Branson (1953-2006), who received his doctorate from MIT in 1979. He served as UI professor of mathematics from 1985-2006, and worked in a variety of fields including mathematical physics. Additional information about the conference can be found at the conference Web site:

math in uk

A poor grasp of maths among British science undergraduates is threatening the country's future prosperity, says a report.Comparing tests in this country with China, it says that while many university students in England struggle to answer basic questions, China demands a high level of mathematical competence of anyone seeking to enter higher education.First-year science students in England being assessed for their maths ability are given questions expected of 14-year-olds in the national curriculum tests, such as calculating the area of a triangle and using the Pythagoras theorem to find sides in a right-angled triangle.Meanwhile, students in their last year of school in China sit a tough university entrance test which requires them to determine a series of angles in a square prism.The report by the Royal Society of Chemistry warns that an increasing number of science undergraduates have dropped maths at 16 and have to sign up for remedial courses when they arrive at university.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Girls Education

Education in all government schools in the state will be free for girl students up to class 12th. The decision has been taken by the state government and is a major step towards breaking the male bastion in the state by facilitating education for women. According to sources, this initiative will help nearly 1.75 lakh girl students across the state. For the last few years, Haryana has been criticised for its skewed sex ratio, which was one of the lowest in the country. The decision to abolish tuition fee in government middle, high and plus 2 schools is a major step taken by the government to make it easier for orthodox families to treat girls on a par with boys in the matter of education.According to the education department, this scheme would provide all girl students free textbooks, computer classes, etc. All girls' schools in the state are being provided with modern science laboratory equipment and other infrastructure so that girls can receive the same level of education as boys. Initially, girls from class 1 to class VIII will be eligible for free books, but girls who do well in the primary and middle class examinations will be given financial incentives in terms of scholarships to continue their studies further. Other incentives to promote education among girls have also been introduced. Under the Rajiv Gandhi scholarship scheme, 38,733 students had been given scholarships and awards.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


CBSE is starting a new two-year elective vocational course for Class XI students in all affiliated schools from this academic session. A circular to this effect has been sent to all affiliated schools in the city. The course is named Christened Creative Writing and Translation. It is good news for people with writing as a passion. The programme, first of its kind, has been specifically structured to meet the global demands for translators, interpreters and people with writing skills. Under the programe, the students can pick their own text for translation and later they need to submit a portfolio for evaluation at the end of two years.


The Central Information Commission has said that disclosure of answer sheets of examinations conducted by public recruitment and educational bodies are exempted from disclosure under the RTI Act.The Commission made it clear that institutions like UPSC, Staff Selection Commission, CBSE and state universities do not fall under the purview of the Act and hence can not be asked to disclose evaluated answer sheets of their respective examinations.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Madrasa education

A committee was appointed by the Centre with an aim to bring Madrasa education on a par with conventional education. The committee suggested that the recognised universities should accept the degrees that a Madrasa was proposed that the Aalim degrees offered by Madrasa should be recognised in all the recognised universities for giving admissions into the B.A. courses.The Fazil degree offered by any Madrasa, Darul Uloom or Jamia should be recognised by all the recognised universities for giving admissions in the post graduate programmes. The committee also suggested that the Madrasa education should be covered under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The Darul Uloom students should study according to the syllabus provided by the National Open Schooling in their higher secondary years. The students of Madrasa and Darul Uloom should be linked to the vocational training programme run by national school of opening. The national council for promotion of Urdu languages should establish computer training centres in Madrasa and Darul Ulooms.

Amartya Sen

Indian-born Nobel economics laureate Amartya Sen is due to deliver a lecture in South Africa this week and receive yet another honorary doctorate.But, according to an interview published by the Johannesburg-based Sunday Times newspaper, the 73-year-old Cambridge-educated professor does not keep count of the honorary doctorates he has received.The acclaimed economist, who won the Nobel in 1998 for his contribution to development economics, was speaking from his home in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US.Sen was due to deliver the annual Nadine Gordimer Lecture, named after the South African Nobel Prize winning author, at Johannesburg's Wits University

new study

a new study by the human resource development (HRD) ministry has revealed that over 620,000 primary and upper primary schools in India lack separate toilets for girls.According to the survey conducted jointly by HRD ministry, UNICEF and the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NEUPA), only 37.42 percent of schools in India have girls' toilets.Though the percentage of schools having girls' toilets has increased from 28.24 percent in 2003 to 37.42 percent in 2006, yet the situation is quite dismal.Among the states, Meghalaya is at the bottom of the tally with just 7.71 percent of schools having girls' toilets. Only 9.58 percent schools in Assam, 9.81 percent in Chhattisgarh, 11.69 percent in Arunachal Pradesh, 11.78 percent in Bihar and 12.4 percent schools in Orissa have separate toilets for girls.Shockingly, the study found that less than 25 percent schools in 13 states have separate girls' toilets.However, Chandigarh tops the chart with 89.19 percent of its schools having toilets for their female pupils. While Delhi stands second with 87.82 percent, 80 percent schools in Pondicherry and 69.41 percent schools in Uttar Pradesh have toilets for girl students.The survey, Elementary Education in India, covered over 1.1 million primary and upper primary schools across 604 districts of India.Apart from toilets, tens of thousands of schools lack basic teaching facilities like blackboards and a building. Leave aside computers, a total of about 88,000 schools (nearly eight percent) in the country still do not have a blackboard in their classes.While 36.65 percent of schools in Sikkim do not have a blackboard, nearly 26 percent in Jharkhand and 30 percent schools in Arunachal Pradesh need blackboards. In the Indian capital, 10.8 percent of schools do not have a blackboard.However, all schools in Nagaland have blackboards. The figure is 99.5 percent in West Bengal, 99.46 in Assam and 98.61 percent in Maharashtra. As much as 97.8 percent schools in Uttar Pradesh have blackboards.

Indian students in UK

There has been a 15.1 percent rise in the number of Indian students coming to the UK, according to latest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). India is now second to China in the number of overseas students in the UK. There has been a fall of 3.7 percent in the Chinese students, but the overall figure is still the highest in the list of overseas students - over 50,000.There were 19,025 students from India in the UK during 2005-06, the figures reveal. This constitutes 5.8 percent of non-UK domiciled students. India leapfrogged Greece into second place in the table as the UK saw a 10.2 percent fall in the number of students from Greece.


Healthcare and fashion designing are among the new professional courses that the CBSE plans to introduce for classes XI and XII soon. The subjects will be launched with certification from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for healthcare and National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFT) for the fashion design course.The new stream being introduced by CBSE for classes XI and XII in the coming academic session will have a 40 per cent practical component that will include simulated stock trading.

Friday, April 20, 2007

IIT coaching

The IIT coaching industry in Kota is likely to witness a downslide in coming years. And with this, the overall economy of the city, which is largely based on IIT-JEE coaching.It will result into an overall shrinkage of 15% in the annual turnover of the coaching industry, which is estimated to be sitting at Rs 250 crore.Every year more than 20000 students land at Kota to realise their IIT dreams. Of which, around 1,500 students succeed, which is one-thirds of the total seats of IITs and allied institutes.The trend was quite evident in the last IIT-JEE examination. In 2006, more than 3 lakh students appeared for the IIT-JEE while this year, less than 2.5 lakh competed for around 4,600 seats.Apart from coaching institutes, hostel owners and other ancillary businesses have started feeling the heat.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


The most important thing about structuring the resume is to know your audience. Here, research is another essential ingredient. What kind of resume you should use depends on the intended audience and on you. It is not a one-size-fits-all deal. People applying to financial firms, consulting firms should use a strict chronological resume with dates on the left. People applying for more creative positions would want a résumé that looks different, more energetic and free flowing. People applying across fields, career changers, may find that a functional resume works better. So the bottom line is to match your style to your audience and to remember that a resume is a marketing tool, not a career obituary. It should be filled with the same qualities and the same energy that you think the employer is looking for.

Commonwealth Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Indian nationals for higher studies/ research/ specialised training in the subjects mentioned below in the United Kingdom.Assistance is for one-year master's degree, six months' clinical training/ research/ specialisation, and three year's Ph.D. course. Master's degree may be in areas such as engineering, technology, science (pure or applied), agriculture, humanities and social sciences. Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification, securing 55 per cent or above marks in humanities and social science group, and 60 per cent and above marks in medical, engineering and technology, science and agriculture groups are eligible. Candidates should give a one-page write-up in support of their decision to pursue the course in the U.K. GMAT and GRE scores are must for the respective courses. For Ph.D. degree-master's degree, the requirement is 55 per cent and above marks in humanities and social science group and 60 per cent and above marks in engineering and technology, science and agriculture groups. Value of award includes approved tuition and examination fees, a personal maintenance allowance payable monthly, to and fro airfare, a grant for expenses of approved travel within the U.K. and an initial arrival allowance, incorporating a clothing grant for scholars from tropical countries. For married scholars selected by the Commission for awards exceeding 12 months, a marriage allowance per month is payable provided that the husband and wife are residing together at the same address in the U.K. Contact address: ES.4 Section, External Scholarship Division, Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, A - 2/W - 4, Curzon Road Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110 001.

Ford Fellowships

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program provides opportunities for advanced study for exceptional candidates. Support is provided up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a master's or doctoral degree. Once selected, Fellows may enrol in an appropriate university programme anywhere in the world, including their country of residence. Fellowship covers financial assistance for travel, living expenses, tuition and related costs for the actual degree programme, short-term pre-fellowship training, including language study and courses in research and computer skills. Applicants should be Indian nationals and hold a bachelor's or a master's degree from a recognised Indian university with at least 55 per cent marks. Candidates applying for Ph.D. programmes should have completed master's degree with at least 60 per cent marks, and should have at least two years' full-time work experience relevant to their proposed area of study. IFP support will not exceed three years. Fellows who wish to study overseas will have to take TOEFL or IELTS language proficiency tests. For Information on application process, contact United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), or Ford Foundation, International Fellowships Program, 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi - 110 001, India; Ph: 011-2335 8893. Website -


All-India Council for Technical Education has come out with a plan that will allow B.Sc. degree students with mathematics as a subject and 60 per cent aggregate at the U.G. level to gain lateral entry into the second year or third semester of the B.E./B.Tech course. Till now, only students with a diploma in engineering offered in polytechnics could enter laterally in an engineering programme. The AICTE recently notified the new regulations for lateral admission to engineering programmes. The body responsible for overseeing the technical education programmes in the country has noted that science education in the country has suffered primarily due to lack of employment opportunities for all the science graduates. This trend affected science education in the country. Senior academics feel the combination of engineering and science degrees would definitely have an advantage with new avenues opened up for them. Like and MBA and a B.Tech combination, B.Sc. and B.Tech. combination will give more respectability to candidates though they have to spend a couple of years more in education. But they also say a different kind of syllabus can be prepared for such candidates given their background.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Intel will offer mentoring facilities to 10 select institutes across the country to provide faculties and students the hands-on experience and training to meet the industry demands. In the beginning of 2006, Intel invited proposals from institutes to develop course curriculum and for teaching courses. Proposals submitted by IIT-Kanpur and the Indian Institute of Science were approved. Subsequently, IIT-Kanpur developed a new course and is offering the same for M.Tech students and senior undergraduate students of the department of computer science and engineering during the first semester of academic year. The success of the programme has caused Intel to turn towards tier-II institutes, with an emphasis on the creation of centres. The company reached out to 470 faculty members from 206 institutes at four national-level conferences held in Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai and Chennai and invited proposals for changing their computer architecture curriculum

International Centre

Lalaji Memorial Omega International School at Kolapakkam, near Chennai, has been awarded the International Centre status by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The school will now offer a range of internationally accepted qualifications such as Cambridge's Checkpoint and International General Certificate of Secondary Education, according to a release. The certification will come into effect immediately and regular classes for students of class VI to IX for Cambridge qualifications will commence from June. University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world's largest provider of international qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds. CIE offers a broad range of qualifications, created for an international audience. CIE qualifications are taken in 150 countries and recognised by universities, educational providers and employers across the world.SOURCE--HINDU


Education Testing Services (ETS), the organisation which administers conduct of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), recently cancelled their plans to launch the revised GRE (General Test). ETS had originally planned to launch the revised Test worldwide in September. Registrations in India, which had been closed, will be reopened for General Test appointments beyond July 31, 2007, said a press note posted on their website. It is learnt that the General Test fee is likely to go up, due to increased costs for test development and delivery. The decision followed ETS's concerns about accessibility of the test. The original plans called for the revised test to be delivered over the new worldwide network of 3,200 Internet-based testing centres. Despite the size of the network, ETS was not sure if all the students would have access to the Test.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hô Hai Phùng

The Vietnamese mathematician Hô Hai Phùng was awarded the von Kaven Prize in Mathematics on 26 March 2007. He received this personal prize, which was awarded for the second time this year, in recognition of his outstanding work on quantum groups. The award ceremony took place during a joint conference in Berlin, held by the German Association of Mathematicians and the German Society for Mathematical Didactics from 25 - 30 March. The von Kaven Prize in Mathematics is endowed with 10,000 euros and is financed by the von Kaven Foundation, established in December 2004 by Herbert von Kaven (from Detmold) and the DFG.Hô Hai Phùng is a researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, working closely with the group around the winners of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Professor Hélène Esnault and Professor Eckart Viehweg. Hô Hai Phùng was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, and has been funded by the DFG’s Heisenberg Programme since 2003. His talent was noticed at the age of 17, while a member of the Vietnamese Mathematics Olympics team, and he was sent to study at the Lomonossow University in Moscow, where he earned his degree at the age of 22. After the fall of the Soviet Union he continued his studies in Munich, where he obtained his doctorate at 26. This was followed by research visits to Hanoi and various research institutes in Europe and the USA. In 2004 he qualified as a university lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Essen campus) with his postdoctoral thesis entitled "On Representation Theory of Matrix Quantum Groups of Type A".

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Math in Nova Scotia

Nearly three-quarters of students in Nova Scotia are failing Grade 12 math, according to the latest province-wide student assessments.The numbers worsened this year, with 10 per cent more students flunking the math component than the year before.The average test score was 39 per cent - two points lower than the year before.Advanced math results were also on a downslide, with an average mark of 51 per cent - three points down from 2005. The numbers also showed an 11 per cent drop in the number of students passing advanced math.The exams make up 30 per cent of students' final course marks.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Number Theory and Dr.Kalita

one of the most important branches of mathematics is Number Theory, which can be considered as a never-ending theory. For whenever it solves some problems in an area, there arise some other problems in some other restricted sense in that area.
There are some very sophisticated and interesting conjectural formulae or problems in Number Theory, which are still eluding solution. One of them is the Prime Number system. For example, certain areas of the Goldbach conjecture, twin prime conjecture, perfect number conjecture, mersenne prime conjecture etc. are yet to be solved.The eighteenth century mathematician C F Goldbach conjectured about 264 years back, that every even number ‘n’ larger than 2, can be expressed as a sum of two primes. The other two conjectures of the primes are twin prime conjectures and mersenne prime conjectures. Dr Kalita has formulated a theorem on the existence of consecutive primes > 13 connected with Goldbach conjecture.As proof of the Goldbach conjecture that every even number ‘n’ larger than 2, can be expressed as a sum of two primes, Dr Kalita states, “We follow the proof of the conjecture in opposite way, that is, if we can show that every sum of two primes >13 can be expressed as an even number, this will follow the proof of the Goldbach conjecture.” He proposed two cases for the purpose and in the first case, he says, some even numbers can be expressed as a sum of two equal primes and in the case of the second, every sum of two primes > 13 can be expressed as an even number.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER)
Kolkatta and Pune
5-Year Integrated Master (M.S.) Course
The Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), has created two Science Institutes, patterned after the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in terms of high quality research in basis sciences, but with additional education program in the form of an integrated five years Master curriculum following class XII of our school system (or its equivalent). In addition to Kolkata and Pune IISERs which have been in existence since July 2006, one more IISER in Mohali (near Chandigarh) is expected to commence its academic session from July 2007. Each IISER is an autonomous degree awarding Institution. The central theme of IISERs is integrate education with research so that undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as doctoral and post doctoral research works are carried out in symbiosis. Each IISER will admit upto 100 students in the academic session beginning in July 2007. For further details of IISER, please visit: those students who qualify in one of the following examinations will be eligible for consideration for admittance to the First year of the 5-year integrated Master program at the above three IISERs.
Kishore Vaigyanic Protsathan Yojna (KVPY) Of 2006 SA Batch
Indian National Olympiad Examination
IIT JEE (;;;;;;
Students wishing to pursue Science as a career with scientific research and teaching and have passed (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination in 2006 or will be appearing in 2007 may apply in plain paper giving the following information;
Name, Address for correspondence, phone no., e-mail address, name and address and telephone no. of school attaching a class X mark-sheet, parent’s name of the qualification examination (“IIT, JEE-2007”, “KVPY-2006”, Olympiad-2007” with roll no/. registration no.). The application should be mailed to the following address:
Director: IISER ,IIT Extension Centre
HC-VII, Sector-III, Salt Lake

iit-jee 2007 cut-off

it is too early to predict to clear cutoff at this moment.all three subjects has its own cut-off. in case of math it can be lowest.if you have more than 40-44 percent in each subject, then you are in safe zone.this year approxi. cutoff may be , math-58 marks, physics-49 and chemistry-56 marks.over all cutoff of all three subjects may be up to 185 out of 486.In Mathematics the maximum contribution came from Calculus (33%), as in all past years, followed by Algebra and Coordinate Geometry. One notable feature in Mathematics was the increased weightage of Coordinate Geometry. Trigonometry and Vectors were minor contributors at 6% each.JEE 2007 had two papers, each of 3 hours and containing different sections in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Both the papers had identical structures. Each paper had 22 questions in each subject, making it a total of 66 questions to a paper, and 132 questions for both papers together. Each subject in a paper had 81 marks, which totaled to 243 marks for the paper, and 486 marks for both taken together.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

math in uk

People in the North West believe a fresh teaching approach is urgently needed to save another generation of children from failing at maths, according to a new study.
The report claims that around 17 million people struggle with maths in the UK, well above government estimates, and over half of the population believe ineffective teaching techniques are to blame. What’s more, more than a quarter of those surveyed in the North West believe that the standard of maths skills in the UK is getting progressively worse.

Vedic math

Vedic mathematics is composed of ‘sutras’ formulated over centuries by Indian sages. The sutras were lost due to neglect of future generations, till they were found by Jagatguru Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja, Sankaracharya of Govardhana Matha. He compiled these sutras into one definitive book between 1911 and 1918. “Any mathematics problem, be it arithmetic, algebra, geometry or calculus, can be solved using 16 simple sutras or word formulae. Vedic maths can be used for high speed multiplication and division, for finding squares and cubes, square roots and cube roots, and for solving equations. All this is done in a matter of seconds.The benefit of this system is that it is 10-15 times faster than conventional mathematics. It reduces scratch work and mistakes, and cultivates an interest for numbers. It is also said to awaken the Pineal Gland to clairvoyantly ‘see’ or intuitively know the answer. This system certainly gives students an edge over others. If one has practiced the techniques, it greatly reduces the time required to solve problems. This is of particular use in solving the data interpretation section of the CAT paper.


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is going to integrate research activity along with the fellowship programme from the coming academic session in 2007. IGNOU and Distance Education Council (DEC) have jointly announced 200 annual "Research and Teaching Assistantships" for students who bear an excellent academic record throughout their career.


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is going to integrate research activity along with the fellowship programme from the coming academic session in 2007. IGNOU and Distance Education Council (DEC) have jointly announced 200 annual "Research and Teaching Assistantships" for students who bear an excellent academic record throughout their career.


All six Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) have scheduled April 12 as the date for the announcement of the final list of selected candidates in both the general and SC/ST category. So it is a hope that the admission process for 2007 will not get affected and the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry will take some action or will have some words with the IIMs soon. Earlier, all the central educational institutions were asked to put on hold their final admission list till they get any further notice.


All six Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) have scheduled April 12 as the date for the announcement of the final list of selected candidates in both the general and SC/ST category. So it is a hope that the admission process for 2007 will not get affected and the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry will take some action or will have some words with the IIMs soon. Earlier, all the central educational institutions were asked to put on hold their final admission list till they get any further notice.

Monday, April 09, 2007


HOMAS Snyder, a student at Harvard University in the US, become world sudoku champion in Prague when he beat Japan's Yuhei Kusui in the head-to-head final round.Mr Snyder, 27, who was runner-up in the first world championships of the popular numerical logic game last year, scored 162 against Kusei's 135 points in the final session of the three-day event in which 141 of the world's best players took part.

Education in africa

Education officials from across Africa are debating ideas on improving secondary education and making the system more relevant to the needs of Africa.meeting was held
in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.Officials attending the Third Regional Conference on Secondary Education in Africa are discussing ways to expand access and improve quality, while making secondary education more relevant to the needs of the continent.


Education officials from across Africa are debating ideas on improving secondary education and making the system more relevant to the needs of the continent. For VOA, Efam Dovi reports from the meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.Officials attending the Third Regional Conference on Secondary Education in Africa are discussing ways to expand access and improve quality, while making secondary education more relevant to the needs of the continent.

Dr. Joan E. Bell

Northeastern State University Professor Dr. Joan E. Bell was named the 2007 Oklahoma-Arkansas Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Teacher of the Year at the 69th annual meeting of the organization held last week in Tahlequah.The award was announced at a dinner during the two-day event, hosted by the NSU math department. Mathematics professors and teachers from across Oklahoma and Arkansas attended the meeting to discuss math and math education topics.

IIT-JEE 2007

Over 2.5 lakh IIT aspirants across India appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) on Sunday, to try their luck for one of the coveted 4,000 seats across seven institutions. Most of the aspiring engineers gave a thumbs-up to the new-look JEE that was introduced this year. Overall, the consensus was that JEE 2007 was simpler than the exams in the last few years. Consequently, cut-offs are expected to go up.While JEE-2006 comprised three separate papers of 2 hours each, this year’s test was a single-stage objective-type examination, for the first time consisting of two papers of 3 hours each. Both papers had sections on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Most students felt the first paper was easier, while the second contained more difficult questions. JEE results will be declared on May 30, and the counselling will begin on June 19.Till last year, each correct answer carried one mark; and wrong answers attracted a negative 0.33 marks. However, this year, while section one and two gave three marks for every right answer, students would lose a mark for every wrong answer. Similarly, section three carried four marks for right answer and a negative mark for the wrong one. Each question in section four carried six marks, but no negative marking. In all, there were 22 questions each from maths, physics and chemistry.Last year, about three lakh students competed for the 4,078 seats in the seven IITs. To accommodate the additional 27 per cent quota for candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, the IITs had increased their seats. But with the Supreme Court's stay on the OBC quota, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry is still undecided on whether to increase the seats or not. But for students, the first concern will be their entrance test results, expected by the end of May.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

David Mumford

David Mumford of Brown University has received the 2007 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. The prize was awarded on Saturday, January 6, 2007, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana. The prize citation honors Mumford for "his beautiful expository accounts of a host of aspects of algebraic geometry.

HRD course

The IIT Kharagpur is concerned over the unsatisfactory human resource development in the country and to that end continues to initiate new academic programmes.
This year the institute has introduced the following courses:a dual degree course: B.Tech (Hons) in any branch of engineering and MBA, dual degree course: B.Tech in mining engineering with M Tech in safety engineering and disaster management in mines, M.Sc in statistics and informatics (5-year integrated M.Sc as well as 2-year M.Sc in economics), M.Tech in computational seismology, postgraduate diploma in steel technology and postgraduate management programme for officers of the Indian Air Force.Apart from producing world-class graduates, the institution has proved to be a powerhouse of knowledge of global reckoning and has earned the approbation of industrial houses, both within and without the country. The institute received 324 sponsored projects this year valued at around Rs 50 crore of which 158 are research projects and the remaining are consultancy projects from within the country and abroad.An MoU has been signed recently with the Orissa government for preparation of a Perspective Plan and a Comprehensive Development Plan for Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Urban Complex.The institute has also been spearheading the Technology Development Mission Phase II project in collaboration with all other IITs and IISc. In a bid to retain and induce exceptionally brilliant students into research, a high-value fellowship has been launched with the monthly scholarship of Rs 15,000.
A similar scholarship for women scholars, named after Ms Kalpana Chowla of the ill-fated Columbia space shuttle, has also been launched.

extraterrestrial life

“are we alone in the cosmos?” This is the question haunting not only the scientific community, also the human civilisation for hundreds of years. People have watched the skies and pondered whether they are the domains of Gods, daemons, fairies or someone like us. Coming down to Earth, the third planet from the Sun, we can observe tremendous biodiversity. Ranging from bacteria to blue whales to human beings. However, we can see two very interesting behaviour patterns among the living organisms, precisely more so in animals.
First, animals try to become the supreme and expand their territory of dominance. The second characteristic is more exclusive to human beings. We cannot live in isolation. We try to communicate, to socialise, cooperate and live in harmony with our neighbours. This sole spirit has helped us to be what we are at present; the rulers of the Earth. (Although dolphins, chimpanzees and other intelligent creatures also show this characteristic). However, human beings have been able to master behaviour to its full extent. The ‘Voyager 1 & 2’ spacecraft dedicated to the exploration of the ‘outer planets’ of our solar system have been among the greatest technological achievements of mankind in the field of space exploration. The Voyagers have recently passed the limits of our solar system, starting a journey towards our nearest star Proxima Centauri and further deeper into the darkness of cosmos.Truly, when we talk about communicating with an extraterrestrial civilisation we realise that the concept of human beings being unique in the whole cosmos is just a mirage. We imagine ourselves to be holding some privileged seat in the Universe. Our illusion will no longer hold once we make the long awaited ‘contact’.
It will be the greatest event in the history of human race and will initiate a new era of interstellar communication. Needless to say that the ‘contact’ will instantly answer the question “Are we alone in this universe?

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, an extraordinary man of rare courage and determination, was born on 8 January, 1942, at Oxford in Britain. Stephen Hawking received his education at St. Albans School, near London. Hawking then went to University College, Oxford to take a first class Honours degree in Natural Science. Thereafter, he did research in Cosmology at Cambridge. After getting his Ph.D. he took up a research fellowship and then became a professor at Gonville and Caius College. In 1973 he took up a position in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Since 1979 he held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. While working at Cambridge he observed that the co-ordination of his limbs was fast decreasing and tests revealed he had motor neuron disease. It was a disease advancing in stages without any cure. But Hawking did not lose all hope. He made up his mind that he would make a lasting contribution in the field of science till the end of his life. Besides working on the basic laws which govern the universe, his joint research with Roger Peurose on the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe, has linked Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with the Quantum Theory. It has proved that the universe came into being on a scientific basis. His paper “General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey,” with W. Israel is among his best works. Professor Hawking’s book The Universe in a Nutshell won the Aventis Book Prize — one of Britain’s most prestigious non-fiction book prizes in 2002. Professor Hawking has been bestowed with 12 Honorary degrees. He was also honoured with the Commander of the British Empire in 1982 and made a Companion of Honour in 1989. Professor Stephen Hawking is to be admired for his invaluable contribution to the world of science and also for the courage he has displayed in refusing to give in to a life-threatening disease. It is truly a stupendous example of the triumph of the human mind.

math education

The world's leading mathematicians have penned an open letter to Australian Prime Minister John Howard, urging him to act immediately to prevent Australia losing its mathematics capability.Experts are concerned about a shortage of maths teachers, a decline in the number of high school students studying maths to a senior level, and shrinking maths departments at universities.Three months ago a national review of mathematical sciences found Australia was starting to lose its edge in industries such as mining and biotechnology, as the shortage of statisticians and mathematicians became critical.The letter, signed by 110 of the world's leading mathematicians and almost 400 Australian academics, urged the government to act in response to the report.

Friday, April 06, 2007


An actuary is a financial expert who applies mathematical and statistical methods for assessment of financial and contingency-related risks. He also scientifically evaluates financial products in insurance, retirement and areas related to benefits and investment. The growth in the Indian financial market is the major reason for the spurt in the demand for actuaries. Apart from the traditional areas of life and general insurance, pension and reinsurance, actuaries are now needed to play the roles of consultants, investment advisers and risk managers as well. A number of banks are planning joint ventures to set up insurance companies in 2007, which is likely to raise the number of life insurance companies from 16 to more than 20. The number of general insurance companies is also expected to increase from 12 to around 15. Student members have to be graduates in a major subject in mathematical sciences, such as mathematics, statistics, econometrics, engineering or actuarial sciences. In addition to an admission fee and an annual subscription fee, Wagle says, they have to pay Rs 54,500 by way of examination fees (Rs 19,300) and study material charges (Rs 35,200). Exams are conducted twice a year, in May-June and October-November.

IIT Joint Entrance Examination

Coaching institutes in Mumbai have discovered the merits of night time coaching where marathon sessions of interrupted study are proving to give students that extra edge.With competition having intensified and nearly three lakh students seeking to acquire one of the 5000 seats at the seven centres of the Indian Institute of Technology, the students are shuttling between their respective academic and social schedules to prepare for their IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).These marathon training sessions are even being touted as good training for an erratic lifestyle that one can expect on the IIT campus.

IIT JEE 2007 announced launch of SWOT reports for IIT JEE 2007. It includes detailed analysis of student's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (for IIT JEE 2007). A sample SWOT report for IIT JEE 2007 is available at: SWOT reports are updated every week and only students who have purchased paid mode (Rs 999 for one year of subscription) will get access to SWOT reports. "Quizmine's SWOT reports changes the rules of the game for IIT JEE. Knowing strength and weaknesses and understanding opportunities and threats can be mission critical for JEE 2007 success.

IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

Syntraxis, a Texas-based technology solutions provider for collaborative e-learning and New Delhi-based Quest Tutorials, announced that they will be conducting a joint national test series on March 31st 2007, for students targeting the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to be conducted in April 2007. This test series will be provided to students free of charge and will be conducted online at the Syntraxis-owned website -- a portal dedicated to success of students in competitive examinations in India. The test series is aimed at helping students evaluate themselves and check how prepared and confident they are for the upcoming high profile IIT-JEE exam. This year approximately 200,000 students will aim 4,000 prestigious seats in the country for various engineering disciplines.
The tests will be open all day on March 31st, 2007, and is based on the new pattern for the exam. Aspiring students can visit the above website and take the tests.

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

With only two days to go before the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, there’s a cloud of uncertainty among students, professors and administrators regarding whether or not the quota system will be implemented this year. The Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) is yet to issue a formal notification to IIT after the Supreme Court stayed the government’s much-hyped 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Castes. In the absence of clear guidelines, IIT Bombay, like its counterparts across India, can’t take a decision about whether to implement quota system for this year’s IIT-JEE examination. While the entrance exam is scheduled to be held on April 8, admissions will begin from June.

UKIERI award

The Institute of Clinical Research (India) is awarded the Prestigious UK - India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) award for translation medicine and molecular biology. UKIERI is an initiative of UK and India for working together in education and for initiating higher education programmes in the country


Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced its decision to cancel plans to launch the revised Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, since the problems they generate outweighed the benefits of moving to the new format immediately.The decision was made in consultation with the Executive Committee of the GRE Board, said the world's largest private education testing and measurement organization .ETS had originally planned to launch the revised GRE General Test worldwide in September, replacing combined computer-based and paper-based administration by the new Internet-based test.

network of friends

whether your network of friends will survive or break up?Mathematician come up with an alogorithm to explain it all, which they publish in the journal Nature.Professor Tamas Vicsek of Budapest's Eotvos Lorand University and colleagues trawled through two sets of data to explore how people link up.One was a collaborative network of more than 30,000 researchers connected to an archive at New York's Cornell University; the other was the year-long record of communications patterns of 4 million mobile phone users. Put together, these figures provided an intriguing picture of relationship dynamics.The Hungarian and US team found that small groups only last if they have an unchanged core of members, in other words, a clique.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will become by year's end the first U.S. university to offer all of its roughly 1,800 courses free on the Internet.Online students will not be able to earn an MIT degree or have contact with faculty at the university, located across the river from Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
MIT launched its 'OpenCourseWare' program in 2003 and already offers hundreds of courses online. A small number of other U.S. schools are following suit. Stanford put some classes on line last year and Bryn Mawr plans to do so soon.Last month, 1.5 million users went to the MIT course site, sampling offerings like Cognitive Robotics, Inventions and Patents, and Superconducting Magnets.Most users -- 60 percent come from outside the United States -- gravitate toward the subjects MIT is best-known for: computer science, physics and mathematics.

Thursday, April 05, 2007


The Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad has created a new faculty position, named as Uranium Chair. The faculty position was introduced after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the university authorities and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India.


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has come up with a new plan to maintain a uniform academic calendar in all universities of the country. The decision has been taken by an "expert committee" constituted by the UGC. According to the new calendar, all universities should declare their results of all courses before June and classes for first year students should start by the first week of August. However, the academic calendar is not applicable for professional courses.


STANFORD university is keen to help Bihar with its expertise, beginning with a 'Mirror Conference' , where experts will suggest ways for development of the state.Stanford Centre for International Development has been fostering a policy dialogue with the Indian government over the years and four years ago it started mirror conferences to involve the state governments in pursuance of new generation policy reforms.'The conference will discuss issues like employment, poverty and public-private partnership, lessons from Chinese economic growth and challenges to the federal model of growth in the context of Bihar.


The Delhi High Court reserved its order on a petition challenging the Central Information Commission order to Union Public Service Commission to reveal its marking system and evaluation process of answer scripts for civil services examination conducted by it.The UPSC had challenged the CIC's Nov 13, 2006 order to disclose within two weeks the marks of the candidates. The high court had stayed the execution of the CIC order Nov 27, 2006.The CIC, headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, had passed the order on separate applications filed by over 100 unsuccessful candidates seeking disclosure of the marks obtained by them in the preliminary examination, 2006.The CIC had asked the UPSC to reveal the cut-off marks in optional papers of the short-listed candidates, who made it to the main examinations.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

School of Mathematics

A School of Mathematics with world class facilities is to be set up in the state by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE). The Department of Atomic Energy, which looks after projects on mathematics, has agreed to award a one-time grant of Rs 4.5 crore to the project.The school, which would be built in a traditional style on the lines of the renowned Mathematics School which existed at Thrikandiyur in Malappuram district in the 15th and 16th centuries.Prof M S Narasimhan, formerly with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and a Fellow of Royal Society, had prepared the note with which the KSCTE applied for the Atomic Energy Department's grant

Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi constituted a trust — Shakuntala Devi Educational Foundation Public Trust (R) — which will be the flagship of all the educational initiatives she would soon be launching.Multiplying two 13-digit numbers in her head in 28 seconds got her a space in the Guinness Book of World Records. For her, success, struggles and sorrows, all came in a single string: from a state of no schooling, no proper food, no deserved clothing or shelter in Basavanagudi to an exclusive, unmatchable brand-brand that hogs global media limelight. She also owns homes in Bangalore, London and New York.Her book "Mathability: Awaken the Mathematical Genius in Your Child” explains how to conquer the fear of mathematics. She has 15 books and two short stories to her credit.

youngest student

15-year-old Shailendra Verma is all set to become India's youngest computer graduate, his seven-year-old sister Sushma Verma has become the youngest student to appear in the Class X board exams.Daughter of Tej Bahadur, a fourth-class employee working on daily wages in the same school, Sushma got special permission to appear in the exams because minimum age prescribed for high school by UP Board is 14.

Last theorem

Jawaharlal Sahu, a school teacher in Garhumaria village in Raigarh District of Chhatisgarh, has claimed to have solved the "Last theorem" conceived by the 17th century legendry French mathematician Pierre de Fermat. "Last Theorem" has remained unsolved for the last 300 years.Jawaharlal Sahu claims that after an intense research of 34 years he is able to prove the Last theorem of Pierre de Fermat which states that xn + yn = zn. This formula has no non-zero integer solutions for x, y and z when n > 2.According to Jawaharlal Sahu, the latest discovery may herald a new era in the number worlds. Fermat's Last Theorem, sometimes also called the Fermat-Wiles Theorem, is one of the most famous theorems in the history of mathematics. It states that: It is impossible to separate any power higher than the second into two like powers, r, using more formal mathematical notation.If an integer n is greater than 2, then an + bn = cn has no solutions in non-zero integers a, b, and c.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Mathematics is among the most fascinating of all intellectual disciplines, the purest of all art forms, and the most challenging of games. The study of mathematics is not only exciting, but important: mathematicians have an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in such diverse fields as medicine, management, economics. government, computer science, physics, psychology, engineering, and social science.Mathematics happens to be one of the most ancient sciences of the world. Some of the most famous intellectuals of the world, from Aristotle and Pythagoras (Greece), Euclid and Ptolemy (Egypt-Greece-) to Menelaus, Theon and Serenus (Egypt), Liu Hui andTsu Chung-Chih (China) to Aryabhata and Bhaskaracharya (India) have dabbled in one or more branches or mathematics to fortify their knowledge and hone their mental skills.The technique of algebraic computation was known and was developed in India in earlier times. From the 13th century onwards, India was subject to invasions from the Arabs, Turks and Afghans. It was also the age of the Islamic Renaissance and the Arabs generally improved upon the arts and sciences that they imbibed from the land they overran during their Jehad. They coined the name 'Al-Jabr' meaning 'the reunion of broken parts' and adapted the system of mathematics they observed in India. This name indicates that they took it from an external source and amalgamated it with their concepts about mathematics

dual degree programme

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) is planning a dual degree programme from the academic year 2007-08.Under this programme, students joining any engineering stream—civil, mechanical, chemical or electrical and electronics—can opt to study for one more year after their mandatory four year B.Tech programme and by the end of the five years get dual degrees, one in their core engineering subject and one in computer engineering.So a mechanical engineering student opting for this programme will pass out with B.Tech mechanical and computers degrees after five years. This programme will initially be offered only in constituent colleges of the JNTU that is in campuses of Hyderabad, Anantapur, Kakinada and Pulivendula.


Science graduates can now enhance their graduation degrees by taking up engineering courses. B.Sc. graduates with 60% aggregate in mathematics will be able to take admission into second year or the third semester of engineering i.e. B.E. / B.Tech course. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has recently notified this new regulation for admission into engineering. So far only the students with an engineering diploma could join engineering colleges for completing the degree course. The criteria for giving admissions would solely be based on an entrance test on the basis of merit ranking.The step was taken so as to provide a better and good job opportunity for the science graduates.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Fields Medal

The Fields Medal, a maximum of four of which are awarded every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), is the most prestigious award in mathematics and is commonly regarded as the "Mathematicians' Nobel". The comparison, however, is not quite accurate. The Fields Medal is awarded to young mathematicians in recognition of outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. That is Fields Medal is given for a body of work rather than a particular result, which is not always the case with the Nobel Prize. From this perspective, it has been decided that a candidate's 40th birthday must not occur before January 1 of the year of the Congress. In the 70 years since the first award was given in Oslo in 1936, there have been 42 Fields Medallists. Three have gone to candidates making significant advances towards proving the Poincare Conjecture, the 102-year-old conjecture in mathematics posed by French mathematician Henri Poincare (1854-1912).


It is an ancient system of mathematics that was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji (1884-1960). It is based on 16 sutras and 13 sub-sutras or word-formulae. The accent is on the natural working of the mind and a methodical approach to any calculation. It allows for mental calculations through some simple methods and allows ample scope for innovation in the sense that you can invent your own method. Research is being carried out in many areas including the effects of learning Vedic mathematics on children and developing easy and powerful applications of the sutras in geometry, calculus.To find the square of a number that is closer to 10, 100, 1000, use the following principle: The square of 99 is 9801. Subtract the number from its nearest `0' number, 100-99=1 in this case. Then subtract the number obtained with the base number; you get (99-1) 98 in this case. This forms the first two digits of you answer. The last two digits are obtained by the square of difference between the nearest `0' number and the base number; (100-99)to the power of 2=01. How to get the square of a number that is not closer to 10, 100, 1000 etc? The square of 43 is 1849. Add the number to the second digit. 43+3=46 in this case. Multiply the first digit of the number with number obtained in (i); you get 4x46=184. This is the first part of your answer. Square the last digit; 3 to the power of 2=9 in this case. This is the last part of your answer. Therefore, the answer is 1849

math education

The importance of mathematics, from the viewpoint of applications in the different branches of science has been increasing everyday. Even in subjects like biology and medicine were mathematics used to be play a negligible role, has been modified in recent years. Now Mathematics, statistics and information are being used in order to explore various important information. There is towering contribution of the great Indian mathematician Ramanujam and JC Bose who made great discoveries in wireless communication and at the same time made unforgettable contribution in life sciences.
Job prospects for students studying mathematics is also on the rise. In IITs and several universities, new M Sc courses like mathematics and computing, industrial and applied mathematics have been introduced. The students of these subjects get jobs even before they complete their courses of study.


President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam while addressing the students and faculty of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani said that India should use its enormous potential to become a knowledge power and try to lay the foundation that would help in development of India.

Seminar on Mathematics

Describing mathematics as queen of sciences, Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) S K Sinha has said that its importance in the technological development cannot be overemphasized.
The Governor was inaugurating the International Congress and 8th Conference of ISIAM on certain emerging areas in applicable mathematics and 17th Annual Conference of Jammu Mathematical Society in Zorawar Singh Auditorium of Jammu University this morning.General Sinha said that in this age of technological revolution knowledge of mathematics is immensely important and hoped that academicians will pay due attention to it. He called for taking full advantage of this basic knowledge, roots of which are in the genes of Indians. He referred to the introduction of Zero by Aryabhat and great contribution of Ramanjyu in the field of mathematics. ‘It is said that mathematics is in the genes of Indians.