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Attract youngsters to Mathematics: Kakodkar

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KOZHIKODE, JULY 4. The chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Anil Kakodkar, said here today that efforts should be made to attract youngsters to pursue higher studies and research in Mathematics.

Dr. Kakodkar was presiding over the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the `Kerala School of Mathematics' to be constructed on the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) campus.

He said that managing of the twin concepts - `Maths for Math's sake' and `Maths as an important vehicle to achieve things' - would be crucial in the effort to win back youngsters to the subject. Mathematics played an important role in interpreting several things in science and the day-to-day life, he added.

Dr. Kakodkar said that young people moving away from Mathematics was unfortunate. "We should create the right ambience - a hassle-free environment - to help youngsters pursue a career in Mathematics," he said.

Dr. Kakodkar said that the Department of Atomic Energy was promoting Mathematics through the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) and other wings of the department.

Earlier, laying the foundation stone, the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, said that India's ancient sages had focused on accurate measurement of the movements of planets and that had helped them predict the vagaries of nature.

He said the traditional background in Mathematics would put Kerala in good stead in developing advanced research and development. M.S. Raghunathan, chairman of the National Board of Higher Mathematics, said bright students did not take up Mathematics as they thought that would not give them lucrative careers. He asked the Kerala Government to come out with reforms in the high school and college curriculum.

M.S. Valiyathan, executive vice-president of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, welcomed the gathering.

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