**Report: Two Day Seminar on Vedic Mathematics at Hislop College**

A Seminar on Vedic Mathematics: Past-Present-Future (Bhartiya Ganeet) was organized by Department of Mathematics, Hislop College, Nagpur, in collaboration with Shiksha Sanskruti Utthan Nyas (**SSUN**), New Delhi, Nagpur University Mathematics Teachers’ Association (**NUMTA**), Nagpur and Kanishtha Mahavidyalaya Ganit Shikshak Kalyan Parishad (**KMGP**), Nagpur on 30^{th} and 31^{st} January 2010, at Shalom Auditorium of Hislop College, Nagpur.

On the First day 30^{th} January 2010** **program started with inaugural address by the Principal Dr. (Miss) Dipti Christian. She stressed the need of taking Indian Mathematics including Vedic Mathematics to the teachers and students alike. She further said that Indian Mathematics will help us to remain connected with our roots. She stressed the need of taking effective mathematical methods to the students. She said that it is the need of the hour to make mathematics interesting so that students will take the subject in its proper sprit.

Key note address was delivered by Dr. Kailash Vishwakarma from Agra University. Topic of his talk was “Contribution of Indian Mathematicians”. He dealt with the topic in details. Taking the bird eye view of Vedic and Indian Mathematician, he made all aware about their contribution in Mathematics. He said that Ancient Mathematician have made a significant contribution to Mathematics much earlier than Western Mathematicians.

Paper presentation session was started at 12:00 noon. Prof. Arun Muktibodh, Head, Department of Mathematics, Mohata Science College, Nagpur was the chairperson for this session. Prof. Anant W. Vywahare, an eminent Mathematician and Ex- Head, Department of Mathematics, Mohata Science College, Nagpur, presented his paper entitled “Ganit Sar Sangraha”. Prof. Rishi Agrawal, Head, Department of Mathematics, Hislop College, presented paper entitled “Eminent Indian Mathematicians”.

Session of the panel discussion on the theme “Indian Mathematics and Indian Mathematicians” was started after the lunch. Prof. Anant Vywahare and Prof. Kiran Meghe of Hislop College were the chairpersons. Panel discussion was opened with introductory remarks by both the chairpersons and then the forum was open for all the participants to participate. Number of questions and comments were made by the eminent persons in the hall and the participants.

Last talk on day one was delivered by Prof. S.M. Chowthaiwale, Yawatmal. Title of his topic was on “Divisibility Test”. He made a power point presentation and explained the contribution of Indian Mathematics in this area.

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On the Second day 31^{st} January 2010** **started with the Key note address by Prof. Anant W. Vywahare. He spoke on “Correlation of Indian Mathematics with Western Mathematics”. In his power point presentation he showed the comparative work of Indian and Western Mathematician. It was clear from his presentation that Indian Mathematician has done work much earlier than Western Mathematicians.

Paper presentation session was started at 11.30 a.m. Dr. Pradeep Muktibodh, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics Hislop College, Nagpur was the chairperson for this session. Three papers were presented in this session by Prof. (Mrs.) Aruna Shobhane from Dinanath High School & Junior College, Nagpur & Executive Member of KMGP, entitled “Sexadecimal System”; Prof. Kiran Meghe from Hislop College, Nagpur & Executive Member of KMGP, entitled “Ranamujan: Genius Mathematician” and Prof. (Mrs.) Geeta Ghormade from V.T. Convent & Junior College, Nagpur entitled “Lallacharya”.

Panel discussion on the theme “Correlation of Indian Mathematics with Western Mathematics” was the next session after the lunch. The chairpersons for this discussion were Prof. (Mrs.) Ushri Datta, Ex.Vice-Principal & H.O.D. of Mathematics and Dr. Pradeep S. Muktibodh. Prof. (Mrs.) U. Datta, made an introductory remarks and dealt with the question. Dr. Pradeep Muktibodh also talked about the need of taking mathematics as an integral whole than talking in segregated manner. Discussion was thrown open for questions and comments form the audience. This session ended with lots of deliberations and comments. Chairpersons summed up the discussion with closing remarks.

Lastly at 3:00 p.m., concluding remarks were presented by the Convener, Prof. Rishi Agrawal, Head, Department of Mathematics, Hislop College & Secretary of NUMTA. He expressed his feelings and views in poetic manner. Finally, Shri. Atul Kothari, Secretary, SSUN, New Delhi, expressed his views.

The Compeering of the Two Day Seminar was done effectively by Prof. (Mrs.) Rupali Talole and Prof. (Mrs.) Pragati Patil from Department of Mathematics, Hislop College, Nagpur.

This Seminar was a grand success due to its participants from all over Vidarbha. Nearly 125 participants were present and made their contribution to the program.

**L to R**: Shri. Atul Kothari (Secretary, SSUN, New Delhi); Prof. Rishi Agrawal (Convener); Prof. Anant Vywahare; Dr. (Miss) Dipti Christian (Principal, Hislop College); Prof. Arun Muktibodh (President, NUMTA); Prof. Deepak Kadu (President, KMGP)