Mathematician Ramanujam of the prestigious Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai; is likely to be the new head of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
A search-cum-selection committee headed by Abid Hussain, former Indian Ambassador to the US, had shortlisted the names; Anita Rampal of Department of Education, University of Delhi; Parvin Sinclair, pro-vice chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University and Mathematician Ramanujam, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. Of all these names Ramanujam’s name is likely to go to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for final approval, the HRD Ministry sources said. The only hindrance could be Ramanujam’s unwillingness to settle in Delhi as he is involved in frontline research in mathematics in Chennai and is dubious to take up an administrative job. However, the search committee had interacted with him informally before finalizing his name.
Ramanujan’s career will not be new in NCERT. He had contributed in writing NCERT text books before. Also he had written the approach-paper to NCF-2005 and played a crucial role in the formulation of the National Curriculum Framework of 2005.
Anita Rampal, another shortlisted candidate for the post, had studied Physics in University of Delhi and did her doctorate in education. She has been involved in curriculum development for formal and non-formal education systems emphasizing on critical understanding of education and communication of science and mathematics. She had also played a crucial role in NCF-2005 and in writing books from class I to V.
Parvin Sinclair, a mathematician (algebraist) by training, worked at The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, till 1987. After resigning from here she joined IGNOU to start the mathematics courses. She had also designed the certificate programme on teaching of primary school mathematics and master’s programme in applications of mathematics. She is presently involved in research on communicating mathematics to children of all age groups.