‘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.