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I was very pleased on reading this news that Government of India has decided to celebrate the upcoming year 2012 as the National Mathematical Year. This is 125th birth anniversary of math-wizard Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). He is one of the greatest mathematicians India ever produced. Well this is ‘not’ the main reason for appointing 2012 as National Mathematical Year as it is only a tribute to him. Main reason is the emptiness of mathematical awareness in Indian Students. First of all there are only a few graduating with Mathematics and second, many not choosing mathematics as a primary subject at primary levels. As mathematics is not a very earning stream, most students want to go for professional courses such as Engineering, Medicine, Business and Management. Remaining graduates who enjoy science, skip through either physical or chemical sciences. Engineering craze has developed the field of Computer Science but not so much in theoretical Computer Science, which is one of the most recommended branches in mathematics. Statistics and Combinatorics are almost ‘died’ in many of Indian Universities and Colleges. No one wants to deal with those brain cracking math-problems: neither students nor professors. Institutes where mathematics is being taught are struggling with the lack of talented lecturers. Talented mathematicians don’t want to teach here since they aren’t getting much money and ordinary lecturers can’t do much more. India is almost ‘zero’ in Mathematics and some people including critics still roar that we discovered ‘zero’, ‘pi’ and we had Ramanujan.
An International Study has shown that
¤ The number of girls who are studying maths as the subject of higher studies is very small compared to the number of boys.
¤The number of boys who go for Higher Studies in Biology is very small as compared to that of girls.
A number of reasons can be given for this –such as -
¤The fashion of the day
¤Lack of pressing need to go for an immediate job even if it is not glamorous
¤The Social Needs of Caring for a family which a career conscious man is always skipping – expecting the mother to take care of the children.
These are a few!! And the reason that – Biological Difference is the Cause , doesn’t hold water.
The reason is “Our” thoughts. Our Society and approach.