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CFAL organises a ‘Search for Next Ramanujan’ contest

‘Search for Next Ramanujan’ is an absolutely free, novel puzzle contest, which is introduced for the first time in Mangalore, where awards worth more than 50,000 INR can be won by high school students.

CFAL organises ‘Search for Next Ramanujan’ contest and ‘Young Expositor Award’

Search for Next Ramanujan

‘Search for Next Ramanujan’ is an absolutely free, novel puzzle contest, which is introduced for the first time in Mangalore, where awards worth more than 50,000 INR can be won by high school students. The puzzle contest comprises of 12 puzzle sets which will be conducted on a monthly basis. The first test will be conducted from 3:30 P.M to 5:30 P.M on 27th January 2013 at CFAL, Kuntikan and all the subsequent tests will be on the last Sunday of every month at the same venue.

Every month, the students will be asked to attempt thought provoking puzzles for two hours. The method followed by the students is immaterial and only the correct answer fetches points. At the end of the year, the awarded points will be added and various kinds of awards will be given to these meritorious students. The various categories are:

1. The Ramanujan Award – This award is presented to the best overall performer of the year. This award is given to encourage: All round excellence, consistency and the capacity for deep thought that is important to become a great scientist. A gifted student who solves most of the puzzles has a very good chance of winning this award. This award is worth Rs. 20,000.

2. The Harish Chandra award – This award is presented to the deep thinker of the year. This award is given to encourage: Creativity required for solving difficult problems and Novelty that is demanded by non standard problems. A student who thinks innovatively and gets answers to questions that very few get has a good chance of winning this award.

3. The Bhaskara award – This award is presented to the most consistent performer of the year. This award is given to encourage: Consistency required for scientific thinking and Persistence that is characteristic of research. A student who consistently solves a few problems every month has a good chance of winning this award.

4. Consolation prizes – These prizes are presented to high school students who consistently attend the contests every month. The award is given to encourage participation and appreciate the virtue of thinking for two hours. A student with complete attendance has a definite chance of winning this award.

Young Expositor Award

Besides the above awards, CFAL is also awarding a “Young Expositor award”. This award is to encourage young mathematicians to explain their ideas and thoughts on varied topics, and to encourage deep thought, creativity and new ideas when exploring and explaining their theories. An article from Tim Grovers book “Irrationality of the Golden Ratio” illustrates one such writeup.

Please refer to our brochure for further details.

This contest will serve as a stepping stone to NTSE, KVPY, IMO, IPhO, IChO and so many other competitive exams. If a student is selected in one of these exams, the government funded scholarships can completely support their graduate education, after 12th standard/II P.U.C. A student who gets selected in one of these exams is ensured a bright future of fame and comfort and only around 1% of the country’s students have this remarkable opportunity. We believe that the incredible young kids of Mangalore should be successful scientists of this country who will contribute to the progress of the country. In order to have a tradition of producing thinkers, we feel the need to inculcate scientific temper and imbibe a sense of curiosity among our young ones. We, at CFAL, wish that Ramanujans of tomorrow come from Mangalore. This contest serves as the first step towards that distant dream. Mr. Srikanth Pai (IISc, Bangalore) is co-ordinating the contest in association with CFAL, Kuntikan.

For further details, contact CFAL at the following numbers 2249220/2214100/9845737120/9972275120.

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