15-02-2018  Thursday

18 January to 30 April, 2018

Introduction to Life Science Education

Every Thursday (11:00-13:00)

Venue: Main Building Seminar Room - 217

Coordinator: Dr. Deepti Gupta & Dr. Rohini Karandikar

For 1st year student


Kumar Vishwakosh Meeting

Date: 12 to 16 February, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 18:00

Venue: NIUS Building Meeting Room - G3

Coordinator: Shri V. D. Lale

Kumar Vishwakosh Meeting


Reading session on `Vibrations and Waves'

Date: 12 February to 30 April, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Venue: NIUS Building Lecture Room - 102

Coordinator: Dr. Mashood K. K.

An informal reading session based on the book `Vibrations and Waves' by AP French. Broadly the plan is to go through important points and topics, chapter by chapter, with the goal of identifying potential threads for PER work.

Only on Mondays & Thursdays


Thursday Seminar on "Ancient instruments and problems may help to teach mathematics today"

Date: 15 February, 2018
Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Main Building Lecture Room - G1

Coordinator: Prof. Jyotsna Vijapurkar


Jean Michel Delire, Haute Ecole de Bruxelles-Brabant, Brussels


Mathematics was developed in order to solve problems. Instruments based on geometrical properties were invented not only to measure things, but also to help with computing. In a way, maths teaching reversed the relationship between mathematics and problems, and the supremacy of the computer nowadays makes the ancient instruments redundant. But these instruments and the problems they helped to solve could still be useful, in order to give our pupils an insight into for what purpose mathematics was, and still is, invented. Moreover, maths teachers can lead their pupils through the construction and use of such instruments, in order to improve their sense of precision and understanding of geometry and other aspects of mathematics. By reading ancient texts about the problems these instruments helped to solve, they would also engage pupils who see themselves as more interested in the art and humanities than in science and mathematics.

About the speaker:

Prof. Jean Michel Delire teaches Mathematics at the Haute Ecole (higher educational college) de Bruxelles-Brabant (HE2B) and History of mathematics at the University of Brussels. At the HE2B, he trains students who will become maths teachers in secondary schools. At the University, he lectures on Science and civilization of India and on Sanskrit texts. He holds an MSc degree in Mathematics, an MA degree in Oriental history and philology, and a PhD in Philosophy, with a thesis on the mathematics of the Sulbasutras. In 2016, his book based on his PhD theses was published. (See https://www.droz.org/france/fr/6416-9782600013826.html [www.droz.org] for more details.)


People from outside HBCSE can also attend this seminar but they just need to bring id card/ id proof while coming for the same.