14th November can never be better celebrated than this. Mathematics has always been a subject that has scared many a soul. And when it comes to learning tables it sends a shiver down the spine of the children. An unrelenting exercise of mugging numbers ensues. This naturally robs off the magic of mathematics from a young learner whose inceptional endeavours are thwarted. The mind becomes a scribbling slate of confused integers. Seldom have we thought of making it easy for them.
Not treated seriously, this crisis has remained a concern for years until Dr. ParthaKarmakar decided to take up the cudgel of steering these young minds out of this. Dr. Karmakar happens to be the Joint Director of Public Instruction, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal besides being the Advisor of the West Bengal Central School Service Commission. Coming from a very humble background Dr. Karmakar shows how undeterred grit and determination can be the keys to one’s success. His career began as a school teacher scaling up to Higher education until he proved himself as an able administrator. But strangely enough amidst all these administrative reins he never lost his passion for his subject. It is this unstoppable urge that he took up this venture of making mathematics easy.
Keeping this in mind he decided to begin with learning tables. A webinar was organized in which 110 schools from different parts of West Bengal took part in it. The head of the institutions of these schools took up this challenge and made the students aware about this webinar. The viewership went upto 4000 in YouTube. The technical team comprised of head of institutions like Gargi Mukherjee, Sushitava Bhattacharjee, ParthaPratim Baidya. They did an excellent job in making the programme a great success.
The webinar ran splendidly well not only for its content but also for the ace representation of Dr. Karmakar. He took the stage with chalk and the board himself showing tables in the simplest way possible. The participants were allowed to ask questions to dispel their doubts. As a participant school I was reminded of our tedious days of learning tables. Says Dr. Alokananda Roy, HM Kamrabad Girls ‘Karamakar Sir opened new vistas of learning.’ While Piyali GoswamiHM Harimoti Girls introduced all the participant schools of the webinar.
This webinar has ushered a new hope for all the students who are again returning to their school campuses after the pandemic. I sincerely hope that Dr. Karmakar Sir will continue such noble ventures to inspire and ignite the passion for Mathematics thereby warding off all misconceptions about the subject.
Monami Nag, HM,
Tarakeswar Girls High School