‘PI’ Day observed at
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya.
14th March, 2017, USTM, Meghalaya
: The department of Mathematics at University of Science &
Technology, Meghalaya had celebrated Pi Day which is 30th
celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is
observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three
significant digits of π. In 2009, the United States House of
Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day. The
department of Mathematics at USTM being initiated in the
academic session 2016 had taken up this initiative to
observe PI day in a bid to motivate, encourage the students
of mathematics so that they get to realize the importance of
the subject and the career options that they may take up in
the days ahead. The objective for observing PI day was to
popularize the concept of PI amongst the students of USTM –
stated by the CoD, Dr. Gitumani Sarma.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr. P G Rao, VC, USTM
followed by the felicitation of the guest speaker, Dr.
Prabin Das, retired professor, Arya Vidyapith College. The
students of the department had presented papers based on
various topics related to mathematics such as trigonometry,
calculus, number theory and graph theory. It was a group
paper presentation competition. The winners were Hirak Bora,
Rokibul Hassan, Brijit Kalita, Vezhopalu and Akbar Raja
Rahamtullah and they were awarded with cash prize and
certificate. Dr. Prabin Das then elaborated on the concept
of PI and its significance to resolve mathematical
problematics since the experiments started on mathematical
formula in ancient history. He had reminded the students
that since the PI is an irrational number and its complete
value cannot be obtained, super computers are being used by
the mathematics scholars to calculate the infinite numbers
implied in the concept of PI. He had also alluded to the
Rhind papyrus which is a famous document from the Egyptian
Middle Kingdom that dates to 1650 BC. It was purchased by
Henry Rhind in Egypt in 1858, and placed in the British
Museum in 1864 by the estate of Henry Rhind. His speech
ended with a note of assertion that more we observe PI day,
the concept of PI would be more popularized and more
information on “PI” can be generated to the readers.
