Mrs.M.Banumathy, Head-in-charge

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Tell us briefly about yourself ( Native, educational background etc.,)
I was born and brought up in Kalpakkam, Department of Atomic Energy Township which is 70km away from Chennai. I studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya till XII std. I completed BSc Mathematics & MSc.Mathemtics in Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College of Arts & Science, Trichy from 1994-1999. As I preferred teaching, I joined Lady Willington College of Education to pursue B.Ed. I completed M.Phil Mathematics from Alagappa University.

What is the difference you feel between your native and Chennai?
My native is Tirunelveli, I visit my hometown during vacation. The environment is good and pollution free, I feel stress free and as a family we often go to picnic to the nearby dams, falls and to our Coconut grove. But in Chennai, life is busy and mechanical which is always chasing something for nothing.

Share with us about your work experience and tell us how you joined TSN?
As soon as I completed B.Ed in 2000, I got an opportunity to work in New Prince Shri Bhavani Arts & Science College, Medavakkam. I worked there for 5years. When I thought of switching over to another institution my first preference was TSN, as I have come across the Banner while travelling from Kalpakkam to Medavakkam via Navalur.I joined TSN on 5th August 2005 and have successfully completed 12 years. The college taught me a lot and has moulded me in such a way that I can shoulder any form of responsibilities and can come out with a better output.

How did you get interested in studying Mathematics? Share your childhood experience in this regard?
I got interested with the subject from IX STD, as my then, Maths teacher Mrs.Ramabala identified my interest towards Coordinate Geometry and motivated me. She appreciated me whenever I came out with the proof of the theorems. I would work out the problems for hours with full energy.

How can we make a student love Mathematics who has fear and aversion towards the subject during Primary level itself? State your view?
Fear or aversion towards the subject from childhood is not the fault of the child but the fault of the Parent and some of the teachers, as they insist on centum in the subject. Each and every child needs different teaching methodology. If that is followed, then there won’t be any problem in handling the child in this regard.

How do you encourage your students psychologically to get cleared in Maths and score higher marks?
Students have to be counseled then and there. They should understand that 'practice makes a man perfect'. Regular practice in working out the problems is the only way to get through the paper as it gives them self- confidence and better understanding.

What are the innovative techniques you use in your teaching?
Technique is very simple; students should be allowed to ask doubts, must be appreciated when they come out with answers. Activity based teaching can be followed. If situation demands, teaching methodology differs for every student.

Besides teaching Mathematics what are the other areas you train the students?
Besides teaching Mathematics, I counsel and guide the students in handling the problems in day to day life and to overcome any kind of worse situation on their own. Now-a-days I encourage and guide the students in presenting Power Point.

What are the basic traits needed for the youngsters to be successful?
Youngsters should develop the courage to accept any kind of situation as it comes on their way and should lead a good and honest life.

What are your other interests and how it helps you to stress out?
I keep on doing some work or the other which really helps me to overcome stress. Trying different recipes and playing volley ball are my hobbies.