Giving suggestions as to how the subject of mathematics, perceived as tough, can be made fun for students, a retired professor from Punjab is on a 10-city tour of India.
After discussing the issue with students and teachers in various universities and institutes of Kanpur and Bhopal, 70-year-old Madanlal Baldevraj Ghai is now in the Kolkata leg of his 50-day tour.
"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.
Known as the basis of all sciences, maths is regarded as one of the toughest by students as it requires complex calculations. 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.
In Kolkata, Ghai, who is now pursuing a PhD in the subject from Punjabi University in Patiala, has shortlisted some schools and the mathematics department of the University of Calcutta where he will give a presentation.
Having 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.
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