Current Affairs: India has accompanied UNESCO since its founding in 1945 on the conviction that peace is built in the minds of people through education, science and culture.
India and UNESCO will work jointly to deliver programme of collaborative action on education, commemorating as well the pioneering work of two celebrated Indian academics and intellectuals, Ramanujan and Aryabhata, whose contributions have spawned generations of mathematical and scientific research, catalyzing landmark advances over the years.
Aryabhata, who dates back to the classical age of Indian mathematics and astronomy, is credited with the ‘invention’ of the zero, his contributions also spanning an extraordinary range of mathematical fundamentals which are the basis of current major applications and continued research.
The gift of a bust of this great mathematician-astronomer to UNESCO will be India’s tribute to the world of mathematics and science.
On the occasion of National Mathematics Day 2015, India and UNESCO agree to work jointly in spreading the joy of mathematics and knowledge to students and learners across the world.
To this end, Conferences on the “Zero” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as well as at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore will be held, bringing together academics, mathematicians and teachers to explore and discuss key associated concepts.
Together we will connect research and practice, because it is on the benches of schools that the spark of mathematics is lit in young minds – through innovative teaching and learning, positive role models, and encouraging girls early on to follow scientific pathways.
India and UNESCO are firmly and fully convinced of the transformative power of education as the world seeks to build more inclusive, sustainable and just societies in pursuit of Agenda 2030. A sharper focus and a sense of collective duty must imbue our actions if we are truly to ensure that none are left behind in the quest to fulfill the right of education for all.