No doubt, celebrations are being organised on small scale at different locations in the country. But what was needed was national level events on big scale befitting the iconic status of the 12th century mathematician, he said.

The former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission was delivering a special lecture on the eve of an international conference being organised here to discuss the life and work of Bhaskaracharya, born in 1,114 in modern-day Karnataka.

The three-day meet, which opens here tomorrow, will be attended by more than 200 scholars from all over the world.

The Padma Vibhushan awardee underlined the need to help in growth of centres of excellence in the country.

He said interest should be created among the youth to study mathematics and put it to use in different fields.

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