Wednesday, May 26, 2010

John Torrence Tate

US mathematician John Torrence Tate, cited for “his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers,” received Norway’s Abel Prize, dubbed the Nobel Prize for mathematics.Norwegian King Harald handed over the prize, worth 6 million kroner (900,000 dollars), at a ceremony in Oslo.During his 60—year career, Dr. Tate has contributed to research ranging from “the mysteries of prime numbers to the ways in which we store, transmit and secure information in modern computers.Several mathematical concepts have been named after him, including the Tate module, Tate curve, Tate cycle, Hodge—Tate decompositions, Tate cohomology, Serre—Tate parameter and Lubin—Tate group.Dr. Tate, 85, received his PhD from Princeton University in 1950.His academic career included a position at Columbia University and a 36—year stint at Harvard University. In 1990, he took up a position as a mathematics professor at the University of Texas, from which he recently retired.The Abel Prize was first awarded in 2003.It had been created a year earlier to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Niels Henrik Abel. He is considered to be Norway’s greatest mathematician, even though he died at age 26.Last year, the prize was awarded to Russian—born Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov of France.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Like last year the topper of the Class-X Bihar School Examination Board once again hailed from Nalanda.Five of the six top candidates are girls. What is more, like the first topper, Anupam Neha, the fifth ranked, Khusboo Kumari, is also from the same school, S S High School, Biharsharif. So Nalanda, as a district, is fast emerging as the Neterhat of pre-Jharkhand days as there are more candidates from the district in the top ten position.

Monday, May 24, 2010


The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made it mandatory for engineering institutes in Mumbai and across the country to use the online lectures and study material designed by the IIT.The material available online is under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a joint venture by the seven IITs - Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Roorkee and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.At present, nearly 150 engineering institutes across the country access the material free of cost on You Tube and other sites.AICTE has even asked the institutes to update their libraries accordingly. This access will be free of cost.The IIT online course content would also help students in our engineering colleges to enhance their knowledge.The idea is to cater to the large number of students who are unable to attend scholarly institutions. Through NPTEL, they will now have an access to quality content from IIT.IITs are also implementing the second phase of the project and plan to introduce around 950 courses in basic sciences and engineering, within the next two years on NPTEL.In the first phase of NPTEL, 250 courses have been developed. Around 4,500 hours of this content is available online for free. NPTEL, a project by IIT, was launched around four years ago to improve the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum-based video and web courses.It was started along the lines of Open Courseware by MIT in the US. However, access to this content was charged. Now, it can be accessed freely on the Web. NPTEL has 4,400 videos on YouTube for 120 courses .

IIT-JEE 2010

The Delhi High Court refused to stay declaration of results of prestigious IIT Joint Entrance Examination for 2010-11 on the allegations that there were errors in instructions in question papers and a faulty marking system was adopted by the organizing committee for the tests.A division bench of acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta declined to stay the declaration of IIT-JEE (joint entrance examination) result but directed the IIT to explain by way of affidavit how the mistakes occurred. 'Demonstrate to us the software with which you set these papers and also how the papers are scrutinized,' the court said when the counsel for IIT claimed that their system is foolproof and is up to standard. The High Court also declined to give a direction to IIT for holding the examination afresh. "We are dismissing the applications (for staying the declaration of results and conducting afresh the entrance tests)," a Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta said on two separate PILs filed in this regard.The court directed the IIT to file an affidavit by June 2. The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) of a non-government organization (NGO) that has sought a stay on the declaration of result of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) entrance exam held April 11. Raising the issue of errors in the instructions for examinees who took the IIT-JEE in Hindi, the NGO, Satya Foundation, filed the PIL. Chetan Upadhyaya, secretary and counsel of Satya Foundation, submitted before the court a list of serious blunders in the IIT-JEE 2010 and said that instead of accepting the faults and re-conducting the examination, the Joint Admission Board was trying to cover up the issue with 'corrective measures' which are 'totally illogical and can't be digested by anybody'. 'The IIT-JEE board evolved corrective measures May 2 to ensure that genuine candidates were not affected by the examination errors. It formulated a point-by-point remedial action and posted the same on the IIT-JEE website,' Upadhyaya argued. However, after dismissal of Upadhyaya's petition, he said he will approach the Supreme Court. The results were scheduled to be declared on May 26. However, the court kept the petitions filed on the issue pending by directing the IIT's organizing committee for JEE to demonstrate before it on June 2 the software adopted for evaluation of answer sheets. The IITJEE exam is conducted by the IIT on rotation basis for admission into various IITs. As on today there are 15 IITs [7 Old IIT and 8 new IIT] in addition to these students get admission into IT BHU Varanasi and ISMU Dhanbad by qualifying the IIT JEE examination.The Lakhs of students appeared for the admission into the IITs and related institutes by cracking the IIT JEE 2010. There candidates selected for the admission into the IIT JEE will be called for the counselling and choices will be filled by the students and on the basis of the availability the students will be alloted the IIT and courses in IIT.The students qualifying in IIT JEE 2010 will get admission into the IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, IIT Mandi, IIT Ropar, IIT Jodhpur, IIT gandhinagar, IIT Indore, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Patna, IIT Bhubaneshwar, IT BHU Varanasi and ISMU Dhanbad for more than 10000 seats of undergraduate courses, integrated courses, dual degree programs etc.

Janvi Thoshani---all-India ICSE topper

For the third year in a row, Mumbai has produced the all-India topper at the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE). Janvi Thoshani, a student of Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz, scored 98.80% (English plus best of four subjects), making it a hattrick for Mumbai. Last year, Mumbai student Rishi Mehta topped the board with 98.2 per cent. Her score — she got 100 marks in four out of seven subjects — is the board’s highest ever. Thosani is planning to study chartered accountancy.


ISC topper Sreya is a student of Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar. Though she got to know from the council website that she had scored 98.75%, she had no clue for quite some time that she was the board topper. Sreya shared the honours with Sumedha Rai of St Anthony’s Junior College, Agra. She wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a chartered accountant. Punit, who stood second in ICSE, is a student of Bhawanipore Education Society. His score of 98.6% was just a shade lower than the country record of 98.8%, secured by a girl from Lilavati Poddar School, Mumbai. An extremely studious boy, Punit worked very hard for his brilliant results.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

मैट्रिक परीक्षा

.बिहार विद्यालय परीक्षा समिति की 10वीं क्लास का परिणाम शनिवार को घोषित कर दिया गया। इस वर्ष भी छात्राओं ने बाजी मारी है। मैट्रिक के नतीजे में टॉप टेन में 7 छात्राएं शामिल हैं। इतना ही नहीं पहला और दूसरा स्थान भी छात्रा अनुपम नेहा और खुशबू ने हासिल किया है। बिहारशरीफ के एस.एस.ग‌र्ल्स हाई स्कूल की छात्रा अनुपम नेहा 92.8 प्रतिशत अंक हासिल कर नया इतिहास बनाया है। इसके साथ ही इस वर्ष भी सर्वोच्च अंक लाने वाले पहले तीन परीक्षार्थी छोटे शहर से हैं।इस वर्ष सर्वोच्च अंक लाने वाली अनुपम नेहा नालंदा के एस.एस. बालिका उच्च विद्यालय की छात्रा हैं। वहीं दूसरे स्थान पर हैं जो खुशबू कुमारी कटिहार के सोनाली उच्च विद्यालय की छात्रा हैं। इसी तरह तृतीय स्थान पाने वाले राहुल कुमार भी नवादा टीं आईं बीं उच्च विद्यालय के छात्र हैं। पिछले वर्ष की परीक्षा में प्रथम तीन स्थान प्राप्त करने वाले छात्र-छात्राएं क्रमश: पालीगंज, रोसड़ा और अंदौर (समस्तीपुर) के थे।इस वर्ष 10वीं की परीक्षा में 70.90 फीसदी छात्र-छात्राएं सफल रहे। पिछले वर्ष 68.28 फीसदी परीक्षार्थी उत्तीर्ण हुए थे।परीक्षा में कुल 9,74,340 विद्यार्थी शामिल हुए, जिसमें छात्रों की संख्या 5,66,792 एवं छात्राओं की 4,00,850 है। 6,86,109 छात्र-छात्राओं ने सफलता हासिल की, जिनका प्रतिशत 70.90 है। लगभग 3 लाख छात्र-छात्राएं असफल रहे। टॉप -5 1. अनुपम नेहा-एसएस गर्ल्स हाईस्कूल,बिहारशरीफ -464 2.खुशबू कुमारी-एएल हाईस्कूल, सोनाली,कटिहार -463 3.राहुल कुमार-टीवी हाईस्कूल,गोविंदपुर,नवादा -456 4.नंदिता कुमारी-हाईस्कूल,बिंद,नालंदा-455 5.खुशबू कुमारी- एसएस गर्ल्स स्कूल,बिहारशरीफ 453.

Orissa Civil Services 2006

Orissa Public Service Commission declared much-awaited result for Orissa Civil Services 2006. This year 378 candidates have qualified for the elite posts. Sambit Kumar Gadnayak has topped the list whereas Aneeta Panda has secured the second spot.About 4,500 eligible candidates had appeared for the main examination. The OPSC had to re-conduct the main examination following a directive on May last year by Orissa High Court cancelling the previously declared results in which 3,730 candidates had appeared the test.Earlier in March 2006, the government had made a requisition to OPSC for recruitment of at least 400 class II posts, including 100 OAS and an equal number of OFS officers. These vacancies were lying since 2000.. There are 378 candidates Qualify in the examination .there are 162 candidates are woman.List of top 10 in the Examination.Sambit Kumar Gadnayak (Toper),Anita panda (female toper),Indira sahoo,Satyajit Rout,Debi Prasad Mohanty,Gopinath Kanhar,Surendra Nayak,Amibika Prasad Dash ,Ashish Kumar Dash,Trilochan Mohanty.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Perfect score

100 is a score that most students aim for in Mathematics. However, unlike last year when 707 students across the country had managed to achieve the score, only 160 managed to get full marks this year in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 exams.Of these, only 53 students in Delhi have scored 100 in Mathematics.The Board, however, said the figures do not reflect the overall performance of the students. Students who managed to score a perfect 100 said that though some questions were a little ‘tricky’, overall the paper was quite easy.Among others who scored the full marks in Mathematics are Sneha Aggarwal, a student of Rukmini Devi Memorial School, Pitampura and Vaishali Garga of DPS, R.K. Puram who are two of the three toppers in Delhi with a score of 97.2 per cent.Some of the other subjects in which the students scored the maximum marks are Geography, Economics, History, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, Accountancy and English Core.


The overall pass percentage of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 board exams saw a drop of 1.13 percent. The board results were declared in Delhi, Guwahati and Allahabad.The overall pass percentage was 79.87 percent compared to 81 percent last year.The pass percentage for girls was 85.28 percent, compared to 75.90 percent for boys.The results, which were uploaded on the board's website were declared for the three zones at 8 am. In Ajmer, Chennai and Panchkula regions, the results were declared on Wednesday.The overall pass percentage was the highest in Chennai - 92.12 percent.The pass percentage for regular students was 81.95 percent while it was 41.99 percent for those who studied through correspondence.This year, 699,129 students - 408,367 boys and 290,762 girls - took the Class 12 board exams in the country and abroad.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

IPhO 2010

Sarda from Mumbai, Mehul Kumar from Jaipur; Sanchar Sharma from Jodhpur; Shivam Handa from Delhi and Vipul Singh from Bhilai will all represent India in the 41st IPhO 2010 to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from July 17 to 25. About 36,000 students from across the nation participated in the first level examination. Of these, 312 were selected to move up to the next level, the Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO) examination. The INPhO examination was conducted in 15 centres across the nation and 37 students were selected to participate in an intensive training camp from May 4 to 17. On Monday, the five finalists were declared. In physics, India has been faring rather well at the Olympiads — since some years, the Indian team's tally has remained similar , it has bagged four gold medals and a silver.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


A KASHMIRI aspirant Shah Faesal, a doctor by training, has topped the list of 875 candidates, who have cleared the Civil Services Exam held in 2009-2010. Prakash Rajpurohit, a BTech from the II T Delhi, has bagged the second position while. Iva Sahay from the JNU has secured the third position who is also the topper among women candidates. A total of 680 male and 195 female candidates have been recommended for appointment to the prized Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other central services. A total of 30 physically challenged candidates passed the test.This year 21 Muslim candidates could make it through this prestigious competitive exams.The number of vacancies reported by the Government for the Indian Administrative Service is 131 (66 General, 38 Other Backward Classes, 18 Scheduled Castes and 09 Scheduled Tribes); for the Indian Foreign Service is 30 (15 General, 10 Other Backward Classes, 01 Scheduled Castes and 04 Scheduled Tribe); for the Indian Police Service is 150 (77 General, 39 Other Backward Classes, 21 Scheduled Castes and 13 Scheduled Tribes); for the Central Services Group ‘A' is 582 (298 General, 159 Other Backward Classes, 81 Scheduled Castes and 44 Scheduled Tribes) and for Central Services Group ‘B' is 96 (57 General, 27 Other Backward Classes, 06 Scheduled Castes and 06 Scheduled Tribes). This includes 30 vacancies for Physically Challenged candidates.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

World Robot Olympiad

Over 2,000 students from 40 countries will take part in an international robot olympiad to be held here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2011.The students will be required to identify robot hardware, according to specific mechanisms and functions and to programme robots through voices and movements that would be received by the robots through sensors.The robot olympiad would promote creativity and competition for students of all levels. The competition will have two categories - regular and open. The regular category requires participants to solve basic problems within a set time period, while the open category will require students to assemble robots under a certain theme. The 2010 edition of the world robot olympiad will be held in Manila in November.

44th international chemistry Olympiad

The 44th international chemistry Olympiad named after renowned Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleyev will held in Baku on April 27-May 3.Along with Azerbaijani schoolchildren, the Olympiad will bring together schoolchildren from CIS member states, the Baltic, Bulgaria, Romania and Macedonia.Over the past 10 year, the International Mendeleyev Olympiad was held in Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldavia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Azerbaijan last hosted the Olympiad in 2000.

11th Asia Physics Olympiad (APhO)

The 11th Asia Physics Olympiad (APhO) started in Taipei on Saturday, with 181 students and their teachers from 16 countries or region.Teams from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka.China is absent from the competition .China had participated in all past Olympiads when the host was not Taiwan, which also held the competition in 2001.Taiwanese students amassed five gold, one silver, four bronze and six honor medals at the 11th Asia Physics Olympiad.

Math explains HIV immunity

A mathematical model has revealed part of the secret to why some people infected with HIV never get sick providing a new target in the attempt to harness that ability in a vaccine., Arup Chakraborty from MIT and his colleagues went after the question using mathematical models, which, according to Chakraborty, are well suited for investigating complex evolving systems like the immune system.Chakraborty and his colleagues used their model to predict that the HLA-B57 subtype can bind to fewer self-peptides than other subtypes. As a result, this subtype trains T cells against fewer self-peptides.The researchers tested their model against samples taken from HIV patients, and found that, in those that tended to progress in their disease, their HLAs were also able to bind to more self-peptides.