MTA Inaugural Conference 2019

MTA honours Savitribai Phule on her 188th birth anniversary on January 3, 2019

January 3-5, 2019

Venue: Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai.

Resources from the Conference

MTA Bulletin Blackboard Issue 1 Presentaiton Slides Photo Gallery Conference Proceedings

Conference Information

Conference Programme Registration Local Info Committees

The inaugural conference will provide a forum for mathematics teachers, mathematics educators and mathematicians from all over the country to come together and discuss all aspects of mathematics education, and also to offer directions for the newly formed Association.

The conference will include discussions on mathematics teaching and learning at the school level as well as college level. Discussions on mathematics education will be on curricular as well as pedagogic aspects.

A section of the conference will be devoted to papers presented by teachers reporting on their classroom experiments and experiences, on difficult topics in mathematics curriculum, on mathematics assessment, on the use of technology, on the olympiads and Madhava competition, and so on. Discussion on all aspects of mathematics teachers’ professional lives will be welcome.

The conference will also feature two workshops on the following themes:

  • Bridging school and college mathematics
  • Use of technology in the mathematics classroom 

There will be a panel discussion on “Engaging every child in mathematics : realising the vision of Savitribai Phule”.

MTA(I) aims to serve as an instrument to improve the standards of mathematics in the country at various levels, generate interest in mathematics among students through various activities and nurture mathematical talent. The Association extends a warm welcome to all mathematics teachers to participate in its inaugural conference, to join MTA(I) and strengthen this effort.

For all queries about the conference, please send an email to

 Proceedings of the Conference  (initial version)


Thursday January 3, 2019
9:00 AM Registration and Welcome
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Inaugural session – Chair: S. G. Dani
Keynote speaker: M S Raghunathan (NCM, IIT-B)
Presentation on Savitribai Phule: Kishore Darak (Tata Trusts)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Theme Session 1 (School Mathematics) – Chair: R. Athmaraman (Abstract of the Session)

Anna Leena George (Dr. Dada Vaidya College of Education, Ponda, Goa)
S R Santhanam (AMTI, Chennai)
Sneha Titus (Azim Premji University, Bengaluru)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Paper presentations
Session A Session B
2:00 pm: Pooja Keshavan Singh – Storytelling as a pedagogic resource in the teaching of mathematics -Models and illustrations 2:00 pm: Shantha Bhushan – Multidimensional approach to design and implementation of Quantitative Reasoning course
2:15 pm: Sunil Bajaj – Students own gadget for outstanding learning (SOGOL) 2:15 pm: Vijay Tiwari – From chalk and talk to modern mock
2:30 pm: Kanchana Suryakumar – Error Analysis as an Evaluation Tool 2:30 pm: Sneha Titus – On the Shoulders of the Technology Giant
2:45 pm: Robin Sharma – Dimension Destination: A Digital Game for Secondary School Mathematics and the Sustainable Development Goals 2:45 pm: Praveen Chhikara – Misconception in calculus due to intuition
3:00 pm: Jayasree Subramanian – Matchstick Geometry – A Classroom Experiment 3:00 pm: Shanti Pise – Research based pedagogical tools: An innovative tool at the hands of mathematics teachers
3:15 pm: Sheshagiri K M Rao – What does the protagonist of ‘The gentle man who taught infinity’ tell us about the teaching-learning of mathematics?
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Panel discussion (Engaging every student in Mathematics) – Chair: Bhaba K. Sarma (Abstract of the Panel Discussion)

Dinesh Lahoti (Edugenie, Guwahati)
Anita Rampal (CIE, Delhi University)
Kameshwar Rao (NCERT (Retd) )

5:45 PM – 6:30 PM General Body Meeting of MTA(I) – Chair: S. G. Dani
Friday January 4, 2019
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM & 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Workshops in parallel (Details about the Workshops)
Note: Participants should pre-register for the workshop at the time of registering for the conference 

Workshop 1: Technology in Math education
– Chair: Jonaki Ghosh

Sangeeta Gulati (Sanskriti School, Delhi)
Aaloka Kanhere (HBCSE, Mumbai)
Ajit Kumar (Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

Workshop 2: Bridging school and college mathematics
– Chair: Geetha VenkataramanSpeakers:
Shobha Bagai (Cluster Innovation Centre, Delhi)
Anisa Chorwadwala (IISER, Pune)
S Kumaresan (Univ of Hyderabad (Retd))
Revathy Parameswaran (PS Senior Secondary School, Chennai)
Bhaba Kumar Sarma (IIT, Guwahati)
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Poster presentations
Mathematical Folk Riddles of the Bhojpur Region – Vijay Singh and Ranjana Pathak
Problems relating to pasting lemma for continuity and uniform continuity – Poonam Kumar Sharma
Effect of Co-Operative Learning on Students’ Achievements in Mathematics at Secondary Level – Roohi Fatima
गुणवंत विद्यार्थ्याचा शोध – Subhash Bhoi
Pallankuzhi – Manimegalai M K
Teaching Calculus to Management Students – Aekta Aggarwal
On Poetic Presentation of Mathematics – Shashi Kant Pandey
Use of ICT to Teach/Learn Non Routine Problems of Geometry by interactive ways – M S Solanki
Middle School Math – Buvana Venkataswamy
Classroom experiments and experiences – Nitin Patil
Comparative Study of CAI and Conventional Method for Attainment and Retention of Mathematical Concepts – Nirupma Bhatti
A Study to Check the Effectiveness of Innovative Mathematical Resources on Numeracy Among Underprivileged Children – Kartik Bhasin
The State of Undergraduate Mathematics: A Student’s Perspective – Kumar Gandharv Mishra
Analysis of student learning in the concept of Area and Perimeter in Indian English Medium Private Schools – Praveena Katragadda, Maulik Shah and Gaurav Gupta
My experiments with Math teaching – Hemalatha Gowda
Do students in primary grades really understand the meaning of equal sign and can they be made to? Evidence from a learning module of an Intelligent tutoring system, Mindspark – Gaurav Gupta, Maulik Shah and Praveena Katragadda
Diffcult Topics in Mathematis Curriculum – Mahesh Puri
गणित कक्षा में बच्चों से संवाद के मौक़े: डाटा हैंडलिंग : (Scopes of dialogue in math classroom: Data handling) – Azharuddin
Experiences of Teaching Vectors in Indian Pre-University Classrooms: An Account by Teachers – Pratima Chauhan, A Jebin Joel, Prasanna Kurup, P.S. Srinivasan and Durgaprasad Karnam
Learning Mathematics concepts through Projects and EBD (Education By Design) methodology – Saranya Bharathi, Sundranandhan Kothandaraman, Sanjeev Ranganathan, Pratap Ganesan, Poovizhi Patchaiyappan, Naveen Kumar, Arun Iyyanarappan, Logeswari Saminathan and Ranjith Perumal
Relating teacher professional development and development of students’ mathematical understanding – Ruchi S. Kumar, Amarjyoti Sinha and Saurabh Thakur
Experiments in Tactile learning – Shantha Bhushan
Proving `an irrational number as irrational number’: An insight into students’ responses – Jasneet Kaur
Madhava Activities in West Bengal – Md Rabiul Islam
Teaching and learning Math through Math Manipulative – Gomathy Ramamoorthy and Maran Chinnu
Teaching Inquiry based Mathematics- An anecdotal case study – Rafia Riaz and Aneesa Jamal
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Public Lecture  – R. Balasubramanian (IMSc, Chennai)

Number theory in India, after Ramanujan
Abstract: Partly owing to the legend of Ramanujan, generations of Indian mathematicians after him have been fascinated by analytical number theory. We provide an account of the varied Indian contributions to this subject after Ramanujan until relatively recent times.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Cultural Event  – “Haan, Mai Savitribai Phule
– Solo Play by Sushma Deshpande (More about the play)
Saturday January 5, 2019
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Theme Session 2 (College Mathematics) – Chair: B. Sury (Abstract of the Session)

Amber Habib (Shiv Nadar University, Delhi)
Shobha Madan (IIT Goa)
Fozia Qazi (IUST, Jammu and Kashmir)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Theme Session 3 (Classroom experiences) – Chair: Shobha Madan (Abstract of the Session)

Sadiya Rehman (Sprigdales School, Delhi)
Vinayak Sholapurkar (S. P. College, Pune)
Kanchana Suryakumar (Poorna Learning Centre, Bengaluru)
B Sury (ISI, Bengaluru)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Future plans for MTA(I) – Chair: Vinayak Sholapurkar
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Valedictory session – Chair: K. Subramaniam
Keynote speaker: H C Pradhan (UoM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai)
Feedback from participants
Concluding remarks: S. G. Dani



Registrations have closed now. In case you are still keen to attend the conference please write to:

Conference registration fee: Rs 1000 (Rs 500 for MTA life members)

Participants may obtain MTA life membership while registering for the conference (Life membership: Rs 3000; Rs 2000 for school and college teachers). For information on how to apply for membership, click here.

The conference fee covers participation in the conference, conference lunch and tea and conference materials.



For information about the location of the venue, click here.



  • Amber Habib (Shiv Nadar Univ, Delhi)
  • Bhaba Kumar Sarma (IIT Guwahati)
  • Geetha Venkataraman (Ambedkar University Delhi)
  • Jonaki Ghosh (Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi)
  • K. Subramaniam (HBCSE, Mumbai)
  • R. Athmaraman (AMTI, Chennai)
  • R. Ramanujam (IMSc, Chennai) (Convener)
  • Shobha Madan (IIT Goa)


    • Ambat Vijayakumar (CUSAT, Kochi)
    • B. Sury (ISI, Bengaluru)
    • K. Subramaniam (HBCSE, Mumbai)
    • R. Ramanujam (IMSc, Chennai)
    • S. R. Santhanam (AMTI, Chennai)
    • Shweta Naik (HBCSE, Mumbai)
    • Sneha Titus (Azim Premji University, Bengaluru)
    • Udayan Prajapati (St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad)
    • V. M. Sholapurkar (S. P. College, Pune) (Convener)
  • Vivek Monteiro (NavNirmiti, Mumbai)