THE ASSOCIATION OF MATHEMATICS TEACHERS OF INDIA
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WMY 2000 – REPORT
The association joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Mathematical Year 2000. This was done in cooperation with the Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai. Inter institution competitions were planned and executed by the Project Secretary Ms. R.Vijayalakshmi consulting like minded members and circulars were sent to about 100 schools and colleges. They were spread in and around the city of Chennai- the head quarters of the association. 31 schools and 3 colleges responded to participate in
(i) Maths. Quiz for high and higher secondary schools
(ii) Expository talks at two levels-school and college
(iii) Talent test in solving non-routine problems in mathematics and
(iv) Display of exhibits on mathematical topics.
390 participants registered.
After screening tests, Prof. V.Krishnamoorthy, formerly of BIT, Pilani conducted quiz. P. S. Senior Secondary School representatives won the first position followed by P.S.B.B. Sr. Sec. School K.K. Nagar and Nungambakkam taking second and third positions
35 students including 4 from colleges sent in their write ups for expository talks. 14 of them were selected by Prof. M. S. Rangachary and Prof. G. Rangan, formerly of Ramanujan Institute of Higher learning in Maths., Chennai. They were presented in the presence of Prof. P. V. Subrahmanyam of IIT, our executive chairman, and Prof. P. V. Geetha and S. Kannamma of Meenakshi College. Vinayak G Ganeshan of P. S. Senior Secondary School won the first place followed by Kaushik Narayanan of P.S.B.B as second. Muthuramakrishnan of 1st B.Tech, IIT got 3rd place and a special prize was awarded to A Kaushie Mehta of St. John’s English School, Besant Nagar.
After a preliminary test an interaction programme for Maths. Talents was held on 3-9-2000 for 27 selected from among 200. Dr. Smt. Hemalatha Thyagarajan of REC Trichy, Dr. Bhaskar of AM Jain College, Chennai, Dr. R. Narasimhan formerly of MIT, Chennai, MS. R. S. Kamala and Alice Mathew of Meenakshi College short- listed the winners. Vinayak G. Ganesh, Shekar Kumar, Aparajith and Gautham all from P. S. Senior School won the prizes in that order.
On 14th October 2000 in the Mathematical Exhibits competition 40 pupils from 8 schools participated. They were adjudged by Smt. K. Alamelu, Director Bharathi Vidyalaya, Chennai, Smt. Sivanada Rani and Sri Venkatesan, Senior Maths. Teachers. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, Avadi got the first place, P.S.B.B School, Nungambkkam got the second place. Besides, a few individual prizes also were awarded.
Certificates to all participants and cash prizes to winners were distributed in the valedictory function held at Meenakshi College for Women on 02-01-2001 with Rev. Fr. Ignacimuthu, Vice Chancellor. Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, as Chief Guest.
The AMTI also had the opportunity to conduct two workshops for teachers in innovative methods of teaching one at Madurai TVS Lakshmi School in April 2000 and the other at New Era School, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh in September 2000.
The 35th Annual Conference of the association took place on 25th and 26th December, 2000 at Pune along with the 22nd one of the Maharashtra Ganith Adhyapak Mahamandal.
Looking back the AMTI feels satisfied that with the dedicated Executive Committee Members and associates it was possible to successfully complete so many projects within a short span of 6 months in tune with the WMY 2000 agenda. We hope and trust that this momentum will last in subsequent years too, by the members volunteering to spread this message of service for Excellence in Mathematics Education through the Association of Mathematics Teachers of India.
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