National Mathematics Day: 22nd December, 2022

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 10, 2022, 11:33

Every year, 22nd December is observed as National Mathematics Day. It is the birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was a legendary Indian mathematician. This day is marked to celebrate his works and recognize him as a legend in the world of mathematics. The genius mathematician was born to a Tamil Brahmin family in 1887 at Erode in Tamil Nadu.

Since time immemorial, various scholars have contributed greatly to the world of mathematics. The legendary Ramanujan started showing signs of unfolding genius from a very young age. His contributions in number theory, infinite series, mathematical analysis, etc. are considered instrumental.

History of National Mathematics Day

In 2012, the former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh marked this day as National Mathematics Day to pay tribute to the legendary Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Significance of National Mathematics Day

This day is marked to raise awareness about the importance of mathematics. People celebrate this day to understand how maths is important for developing humanity from the grassroots level.

The government takes several initiatives to enthuse, teach, and motivate the public and the country's youth to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics. Free training is provided to various students and mathematics teachers through camps. It highlights the production, dissemination, and development of mathematics teaching-learning materials.

How Does the Country Celebrate this Day?

Various schools, universities, colleges, and educational institutions in India commemorate this day by working together and spreading the understanding and learning of mathematics.

In Allahabad, The National Academy of Science India (NASI) conducts workshops to celebrate National Mathematics Day. Every year, various popular lecturers and mathematicians from all over the nation attend this workshop. The speakers talk about the contributions of Srinivasa Ramanujan to the world of mathematics at the national and global levels.

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About Mathematics Day (Srinivasa Ramanujan)

He was known as 'the man who knew infinity.' He did not receive a formal education in the subject of mathematics. However, his contributions provided in-depth analyses to solve mathematical problems using new concepts and ideas.

Due to his innate talent, he joined Trinity College and was elected as one of the members of the London Mathematical Society. In the year 1918, he was also elected as one of the fellows of the Royal Society. He made diverse contributions to the theory of numbers and mathematical functions. In the same year, he was nominated as the first Indian to be one of the fellow members of Trinity College Cambridge.

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FAQs on National Mathematics Day

When is National Mathematics Day celebrated?

National Mathematics Day is celebrated on 22nd December every year.

Whose Birthday is Celebrated as National Mathematics Day?

December 22 was observed as National Mathematics Day in India in honour of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan(1887-1920).

What was the National Mathematics Day 2020 theme?

"the man who knew infinity" is the theme of national mathematics day 2020.

What is the Theme of National Mathematics Day 2021?

The Theme of National Mathematics Day 2021 is "to make people aware of the development of mathematics and its importance in the growth of humanity"

When is 1st National Mathematics Day is observed in India?

National Mathematics Day was observed for the first time in India on December 22, 2012