“Learning is FUN-tastic!” Keeping this maxim in mind, the Postgraduate and research Department of Mathematics, V. O. Chidambaram College, organises a quiz in Mathematics for higher secondary students every year. Popularly known as “QMAT”, the quiz aims at encouraging young minds to be sharp by learning the nuances of Mathematics. The quiz would usually have a team of two higher secondary students from every school in Thoothukudi district. On top of this, the winning team would grab a rolling trophy sponsored by Canara Bank, Thoothukudi.
This year, the quiz “QMAT 2012” was conducted on 30 October, 2012 in the auditorium of our college. The programme started at 9 am with the inaugural address of Dr. R. Balakrishnan, convener of QMAT 2012 and Associate Professor of Mathematics, V. O. Chidambaram College. His address covered the objectives of QMAT.
The quiz had three rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final. There were eighteen teams from various higher secondary schools in Thoothukudi district. At the end of the preliminary round, twelve groups qualified themselves for the semi-final. There was a tough competition in the semi-final and six teams were selected to compete in the final round. At last, the team from Sri Kamatchi Vidhyala Matric Higher Secondary School grabbed the rolling trophy, by securing 140 points. Varun Ramanathan and Sakthi Priya were the team members. The team from Sakthi Vinayagar Hindu Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School secured the second place by scoring 95 points. S. Ramesh Prabha and S. Raja Prahadeesh were the team members. The team, consisting of D. Manikandan and S. Ajith Kumar, from Spic Nagar Higher Secondary School was at the third place. They had secured 70 points.
Dr. S. Pious Missier, Dr. J. Antony Rex Rodrigo, Dr. A. Nagarajan (Associate Professors of Mathematics, V. O. Chidambaram Colllege) and L. Meenakshi Sundaram (Assistant Professor of Mathematics) were the quizmasters.
The rolling trophy and the prizes were distributed in the valedictory function held at 3.30 pm on the same day in the auditorium. The valedictory began with the college prayer song. Dr. S. Mariasingam, Head and Associate Professor, Postgraduate and Research Department of Mathematics, welcomed the gathering. Dr. C. Veerabahu presided over the function and addressed the audience. He mentioned that he was happy to see the enthusiasm of young students to take part in the quiz in Mathematics. His address was followed by the felicitation by Thiru. A. P. C. V. Chockalingam, Honourable Sectretary of our college. He appreciated the efforts taken by the Department of Mathematics and the higher secondary schools as well. Dr. A. Subramanian, Dean of College Development Council, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, delivered the valedictory address. The rolling trophy was handed over to the winners by D. C. Satyan, Manager of Canara Bank, Chidambara Nagar, Thoothukudi. Dr. A. Nellaimurugan, Associate Professor of Mathematics, proposed the vote of thanks.
Francis Bacon, the 16th century English essayist, says that Mathematics make men subtle and improves one’s concentration. QMAT 2012 proved that it was true.