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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Delhi
Inside delhi

Mathematical skills

Mathematical Sciences Foundation (MSF), a non-profit educational society, had recently organised a summer internship programme -- Inviting All Young Minds -- for students of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering drawn from schools, colleges, and engineering institutions across the country.

The four-week programme was conducted last month at Delhi Public School in R.K. Puram.

Out of a total of 450 applications received to participate in the programme, 68 were chosen after a stringent selection procedure.

Students came from cities, like Imphal, Srinagar, Kharagpur, Varanasi, Durgapur, Bhubaneshwar, Vadodara, and also places like Bhilwara (Rajasthan), and Bailhongal (Karnataka).

“All the selected students had expressed their desire to learn and apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to the proposed projects involving real life situations. The students were divided into 11 groups for working on thought provoking projects, such as Chandrayaan project, projectile dynamics, search engine for images, encryption, error correction and Jantar Mantar,” said project manager and MSF advisor Wing Commodore (retired) Sharad Chaturvedi.

“The children were guided by distinguished mathematicians as mentors, assisted by the MSF faculty and research associates,” he added.

At the culmination of the programme, prizes were awarded to the winning groups, and each participant was given a certificate, a stipend and reimbursement of their travelling expenses.

MSF has been organising similar events on a regular basis.

Parul Sharma