National Council of Educational Research and Training
Mathematics of Planet Earth-2013
The fascinating world of Mathematics provides us an unlimited scope to
perceive problems under three situations - concrete, abstract and intuition. The
important segment of mathematics- the ability to reason and think clearly is
extremely useful in every aspect of life. Experiences with mathematical modes of
thought build mathematical power- a capacity of mind of increased value in this
technological age that enables one to read critically, to identify fallacies, to
detect biases, to assess risk and to suggest alternatives. From medical
technology to economic planning, from genetics to geology, mathematics has made
an indelible imprint on every part of modern science, even as science itself has
stimulated for growth of many branches of mathematics. Therefore, Mathematics is
a powerful way of investigating and understanding the world.
With this motive, the International Mathematical Community brought forward
the idea of Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) – 2013. During this year an
attempt will be made to explore the Mathematical framework in Nature and to see
how Mathematics with the help of other disciplines can provide solutions that
will help to face the challenging problems on the planet earth, like- the
problem arising out of growing population competing for the limited global
resources, the dramatic meteorological changes in climate, environmental issues,
etc. The ideas generated and the initiatives thought during MPE-2013 are likely
to make an impact on the society in such a way that a new generation of
researchers will be motivated to explore mathematics involved in scientific
problems related to sustainability of Planet Earth. These efforts may provide
opportunities for exploring Mathematics with interdisciplinary approaches in the
context of Evolution of Planet Earth and its development (historical,
geographical, political, astronomical, environmental, etc.).
The Department of Education in Science and Mathematics (DESM), NCERT New
Delhi, is organizing various activities with following specific objectives on
the occasion of Mathematics of Planet Earth-2013.
- To establish association with various organizations (departments),
schools and community to play the role in solving need based problems faced
by the society.
- To organize a competition for designing and display of virtual or
physical exhibits in a National Exhibition and to give a National Award.
- To conduct workshops towards an awareness of interdisciplinary approach
- To organize webinars.
- To organize a National Conference on MPE-2013
- To publish proceeding of all the activities done under MPE-2013.
The first event “Exhibit Competition” has been announced. The Department is
inviting your association in these several activities including participation of
your orgnisation in this very first activity of Exhibit Competition.
Selected exhibits will be invited for display and presentation in a National
Level Ceremony on 1 September 2013 in NCERT, New Delhi and a National Award will
be given by NCERT.
How to Participate:
Any one may develop a virtual or physical exhibit on the topics/themes of
mathematics which should be related to planet earth. Supporting documents like
complete write up,clear audio-video presentation,poster or graphic
presentation, etc. should be submitted indigital form latest by
10 July 2013 to the following address.
Department of Education in Science and Mathematics
National Council of Educational Research and Training Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi 110 016