Director of Manipur Science and Technology Council (MASTEC) L Minaketan Singh on Thursday stressed that mathematics students should focus more on self-study and break the trend of completely relying on private tuitions.
He was speaking as the president at the observance of National Mathematics Day 2022 which was organised by Manipur Science and Technology Council (MASTEC) at its campus in Imphal West.
He said that self-study and constant practice is the key to success.
He stated that the trend of taking private tuitions has left the students with no time for self-practice. It is highly important for mathematics students to come out from the trend of relying on private tuitions so that they can master mathematics.
He highlighted the story of renowned mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who was able to solve many trigonometry equations and developed many theories solely without any support in his teenage stage. He was able to do so with constant practice, he said.
Without mathematics, the development of science and technology is impossible; therefore, mathematics is regarded as the backbone of science, he added.
During the observance, Dr Oinam Joychandra of Shija Hospital was conferred the State Scientist Communicator Award 2022 for his noteworthy performance in disseminating information in Science and Technology through print and electronic media, scientific books, awareness lectures and others in the previous three-year academic calendar.
The Dr Ibeyaima Innovation Award 2022 donated by the Manipur Association of Canada was also conferred to Jina Khumujam for successfully launching her ‘Ma-Ngal’ handmade soap; W Sujata for her novel method of ‘separation and isolation of indirubin from strobilanthes flaccidifolius leaves’ and Shrimayum Gita Devi for her innovative designs of traditional jewelry and ornaments of Meitei Women (made from cocoon).
A book titled, ‘Layengliba Ananbasingna Khangjinbada Kanaba’ written by Dr Oinam Joychandra was also released besides organising a mathematics quiz competition and a lecture programme, during the observance.
According to MASTEC officials, a Mathematics Exhibition cum Demonstration which will feature events such as mathematics model competition, mathematics origami, mathematics puzzle show among others will also be held from January 13 to 16 next year as a continuation of Thursday's observance.
The programme was also attended by director of Science and Technology Homila Hongrei and Prof S Dorendrajit of the department of Physics, MU as presidium members.