Fact Box: Mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh

Renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh, who came to be known as India’s Einstein, passed away in Patna on 14 November. Born in Bihar, the 74 year old Vashishtha was suffering from a prolonged mental illness schizophrenia from the last 35 years.  He earned worldwide recognition when he challenged Einstein’s theory.

About Vashishtha Narayan Singh

He was born in a poor family in Basanatpur village of Bihar’s Bhojpur district on 2 April 1942. He moved to America in 1965 and finished his PhD on ‘reproducing kernels and operation with a cycle vector‘ from University of California, Berkely in 1969. He then went on to become an associate professor at Washington University and later even worked in US Space Agency NASA where he surprised many people with his mathematic skills. But in 1971 he returned to India and worked at IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay and ISI Kolkata.

He was fond of books, pens and diaries and after he returned from the US, he brought back 10 boxes of books with him. It is also said that at the time of launch of Apollo, the mathematical calculation done by Vashishtha Narayan were exactly same as computer’s calculations.

Assam launches Sishu Suraksha App for child right violations

On the occasion of Children’s Day on 14 November 2019, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) launched a mobile app called ‘Sishu Suraksha’, an e-complaint box for child right violations. The ASCPCR decided to develop an e-complaint box, keeping in mind the mission of a Digital India.

About Sishu Suraksha App

Objective of App: To empower citizens to take moral responsibility of protecting future generations.

The name Sishu Suraksha means child protection in English. It will enable users from all over Assam to lodge complaints about violation of child rights, in swipe of their fingers.

The e-complaint box will run on android and iOS devices. The app can be used by anyone in the state to lodge a complaint which will be directly registered at Commission.

The app will ease the people as one of the major challenges is that most people are not aware of where to go and report a case of child rights violation.

Need: In monitoring visits to various districts in state, the Assam State Commision for Protection of Child Rights excercising the powers and functions mandated under the Commission for protection of Child Rights Act 2005 (CPCR Act, 2005) observed that the message of protection of rights of children is yet to reach the masses. ASPCR also reported that there has been a 55% increase in number of child trafficking cases in the state in 2019.