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Multiply your math quotient

delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2010 01:22 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh
Joyeeta Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Multiply your math quotient

What distinguishes you from your sick classmate? The answers lie in your genes, and like always, in numbers. Also, is there anything in common between your DNA structure and say, Cleopatra's?

If your mind is itching to unravel such mysteries join the Mathematical Sciences Foundation (MSF) this summer.

MSF is inviting entries for its summer programme 'Inviting All Young Minds 2010.' The internships are designed to stimulate creativity through “hands on” applications of mathematics with the help of computing techniques. It also aims to encourage teamwork, communication and computational skills and out-of-the-box thinking.

The participants will be mentored by experienced and well-known faculty on projects in mathematics education.

Students from across the country can apply for this programme, which is free. They will be taught computer programming and software packages along with mathematics. Access to a computer laboratory, a total stipend of Rs. 5000, free boarding, lodging and rail fare if from outstation are some of the other features of the programme.

School students planning to join the programme should have entered class 10 by summer 2010. Those currently sitting for the class 12 Boards are also eligible. College students who will appear in examinations in summer 2010 are eligible from the streams of BSc/ BA/ Btech, which have papers of Mathematics or Statistics. Last year the institute received 1,000 entries for around 60 seats. “The response last year was overwhelming,” said Dinesh Singh, honorary director, MSF. “The last date for applying is April 22, 2010 and the duration of the internships will be from June 1 to June 29, 2010.”

MSF is a non-profit educational society engaged in path-breaking and innovative programmes related to the teaching, understanding, and application of mathematics. The funding for the institute presently comes from ICICI bank.

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