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.