Guwahati: The nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic has adversely impacted many. One of the worse hit have been the students who are preparing for their board and other competitive examinations.

While students continue to study at home, they are finding it a bit difficult as tuitions and coaching centres, besides regular classes, continue to remain shut. To help such students, Biswajit Tahu, a Delhi-based assistant professor of a prominent college in the national capital, is solving chapters of Advanced Mathematics and General Mathematics of Class X students studying under the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA), and sharing them for free on a Facebook group called ‘PocketNotes (A helping hand for the students of Assam)’.

Speaking with EastMojo, Tahu, an assistant professor of Mathematics at Hindu College, said, “During the lockdown period, we are taking classes online. So, I thought of utilising this free time to help other students.”

Biswajit Tahu’s wife, Bhawani Doley,  is a freelance Assamese translator. She is helping her husband to translate his study materials into the local language of the state

A native of Guwahati, the assistant professor said that he started solving math problems and sharing them via the Facebook group to help students in need. “Guide books do not have appropriate answers, so I’m posting all the materials with step-by -step solutions,” said Tahu, who’s himself an alumnus of Delhi University.

So far, Tahu has completed and posted the study materials for Chapter 1 of Advanced Mathematics and General Mathematics. He’s working on the second now.

Meanwhile, his wife, Bhawani Doley — a freelance Assamese translator — is also helping Tahu to translate the study materials into Assamese.

The Facebook group, which was created on March 26, already has 255 members and counting. Tahu said that though he is not directly in touch with the students, they are liking his work and appreciating him for his noble work.

A user named Amarjyoti Gayan wrote, “Everyone is involved in the awareness drive for the current outbreak. At this moment, you people find out time to the think about the board exam aspirants as this is need of the hour. Its not that after the scientist discover something for which he should be honoured for his invention. Similarly all those ones who are involved in the idea behind the concept should also be equally important and should be honoured. [sic]”

Tahu plans on finishing at least 50% of both the books in the next 1-2 months. During his college’s summer vacation in May-June, he hopes to complete both the books.

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