Expressing concern over the insufficient number of competant mathematicians in the country, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday declared the year 2012 as National Mathematical year and December 22 as National Mathematics Day, the birthday of genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Inaugurating the year-long celebrations to mark the 125th year of Ramanujan, Singh said, “After Ramanujan a number of mathematicians from our country have distinguished themselves by performing at various levels. However, it is a matter of concern that the number of competent in this field are decreasing”.