Making maths easy, the prof's way

Making maths easy, the prof's way

10-city tour

A retired professor from Punjab is on a 10-city tour of India promoting mathematics and giving suggestions on making the hard subject fun for students.

Known as the basis of all sciences, maths is considered as one of the toughest by students as it requires complex calculations. To solve this, 70-year-old Madanlal Baldevraj Ghai took a 50-day tour discussing the issue with students and teachers in various universities and institutes.

“Due to faulty teaching methodologies and incorrect approach of students, mathematics has now become one of the toughest subjects. Wherever I go, I explain to people on how to make the subject simpler to comprehend,” Ghai told PTI. The mathematician, who also runs a local NGO and has authored spiritual books, embarked on June 1 for his noble mission to make the important subject simpler, easier and practical for students.

Other cities on his map are Visakhapatnam, Raipur, Surat, Jaipur, Delhi, Noida and Kurukshetra.

Ghai, is now pursuing a PhD in the subject from Punjabi University in Patiala and has dedicated his entire life to the development of mathematics.He has taught for 41 years before retiring as the head of mathematics department in P M N College at Patiala.

In 2010, Ghai had toured the country to spread awareness about the importance of Vedic mathematics.

The central government has declared 2012 as National Mathematical Year as a mark of tribute to the maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan on his 125th birth anniversary celebrations.

“Other subjects like physics and chemistry have practical section, but not mathematics. Syllabi should be re-framed to focus on practical aspects of maths.

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