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Mizoram: International Conference-cum-Workshop on Math concludes in Aizawl

On Monday, a ‘International Conference-cum-Workshop on Mathematics Education’ that lasted a week came to an end.

Mizoram University (MZU) and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, co-hosted the event, which began on November 15 and was sponsored by Mizoram’s Human Resources Development Board and the Mathematics Society of Mizoram.

MZU pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. J.K. Patnaik, University of Guadalaraja secretary Dr. Oscar Blanco Alonso, and state school education minister James Lalrinchhana attended the conference’s closing session.

J.K. Patnaik, who spoke at the event, said that Mizoram University was working on ways to help students overcome their fear of mathematics and make the subject more interesting.

James Lalrinchhana, who also spoke at the event, expressed his hope that the state’s mathematics educators had learned a lot about how to teach the subject.

Dr. Oscar Blanco Alonso emphasised the need for mathematicians to band together and use technology to dispel the fear of the subject. The week-long conference had attracted at least 612 research scholars.

Twenty research papers were chosen for the final presentation from a pool of several hundred that were submitted as part of the conference proceedings.

Shereen El Bedewy, a doctoral student at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, won Best Paper for her paper ‘Taj Mahal as an Architectural, Mathematical, Cultural, and Historic Reason for a STEAM Practice.’

Prof. T.K.Dutta of India, Prof. K.Fenyvesi of Finland, Prof. B.Kaur of Singapore, Prof. Z.Lavicza of Austria, and Mizoram’s pioneer mathematician Dr. LN Tluanga gave special talks on various aspects of mathematics education.

The closing session was chaired by Prof Jamal Hussain, MZU where Prof Veronica Vargas, University of Guadalaraja welcomed and thanked the participants. Prof J.K.Patnaik, said that Mizoram University was working on ways to remove mathematics phobia in students and make the subject interesting.

Pu James Lalrinchhana who also spoke on the occasion hoped that mathematics educators in the state must have gained a lot in terms of teaching the subject. Dr Oscar Blanco Alonso harped on the need for mathematicians to come together and remove the fear of the subject through technology.

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