heartfelt gratitude for electing Prof.S Kumaresan, Srinivas Rao, M.
Dutta, and me with almost 3:1 margin, giving us the opportunity to
serve on the EC of RMS.
Let us all work together to reach the new heights for RMS!
I am inviting Prof.s Kalyan Sinha, T. Amarnath, and Sanjeev Aggarwal to continue contributing
to RMS, in any of the many ways they may choose -- in the
(regional) conferences, in the publication activities, in the (regional)
undergraduate and high school mathematics programmes, etc.
An immediate concern is the
organisation of the annual RMS conference. After reviewing the
earlier correspondence, we have decided to hold the annual conference at the Reva Institute of Technology, Bangalore.
The conference dates are: June 27-June 30, 2013. Prof. M. S.
Raghunathan, the past President, is organising the academic programme.
Another major concern is the
organisation of a joint meeting of the RMS and American Mathematical
Society, like the one we had in 2003 in Bangalore.
Let us all work together on this major event.
Let me briefly elaborate on the statement on the focus of my presidency, which I sent to you earlier.
The level of mathematics in a
society is a measure of vibrancy of its intellectual culture. Besides
professional mathematicians, many people - physicists, chemists,
engineers, statisticians, lawyers, in recent years biological scientists
and some doctors, people from mathematical finance, ...., have started
applying mathematics in a big way. In my opinion, mathematics is a
science in itself; our "data" or more mental than physical. Moreover it
is not just a "language" of science, but it is also a science of
formulating theories for other sciences.
So RMS, while primarily maintaining
its "latest math research"-focus, should remain open to influences
from other sciences, and also promote mathematics at all levels.
Moreover, RMS should be an advocacy group for the college/university
faculty and students, who mainly constitute our membership. We should
make conscious efforts to develop networking among all of us, and
communicate mathematics to each other at many levels.
Unfortunately, so far our activity has been restricted to one annual
conference. We wish to extend this considerably. We hope to work out
soon a broad outline and start some pilot projects.
In short: We wish to start regional
RMS-chapters. There is a strong opinion that such chapters may be
formed by developing a network of many mathematical societies in India.
But other groups of mathematicians may consider of forming a chapter
too. We have still to flesh out many formal details.
The responsibility of each chapter will be:
i) to organise at least one annual conference for the math community in the region.
ii) to organise the undergraduate math seminar activity for the university/college faculty and students in the colleges in the region.
We fore-see about 8 to 10 "regions"
in India. The leaders in each region will decide on the way they wish
to develop mathematics in the region, with full knowledge of how
mathematics is developing in India and the world, but with little
interference from the "top".
cost for a conference under i) should be considerably lower than the
RMS national annual conference. We expect that the regional organisers
will get partial funding from the institutions in the region. If the
programme works out, RMS will try to get a grant from a national funding
agency of about Rs 1 to 2 lakhs per conference.
The main advantage of regional
chapters will be to increase the network of mathematicians in India, and
provide opportunities to present their researches. This will be
especially beneficial for our junior colleagues. We have all experienced
that in one, annual, four-day national conference there is too much
pressure on "paper-presentation"-sessions, and most people after
attending 4-5 major lectures do not have energy to attend the "paper-presentation"-sessions.
As for ii), we are thinking of instituting student memberships.
us try to concentrate on the sincere and interested undergraduates who
are developing some love for mathematics. Each college has 10/15 such
students. Let us encourage them to start seminar activities in
mathematics, in their colleges and universities. Some colleges may also
and start the activities. The initiative should come from the students themselves. They should start this activity under the guidance of their teachers and the fellow-students doing the post-graduate studies.
(This should be something like, parents arranging a marriage, but kids
thinking that they are entering into a love-marriage!) They should hold
about 10 such seminars every year.
If they need to invite some special speakers, assistance will be
provided by the leaders in the regional chapter as well as by the
national body. We intend to form a national group of able enthusiastic
RMS-members who will be able to act as resource persons for this
activity. RMS will be happy to provide for the travel and some local
hospitality of the resource persons.
largely un-tapped resource, (which I am realising as I am getting
older!), is the pool of senior excellent teachers who have retired from
their colleges and universities. We invite them to contribute to both i)
would like to start this activity in collaboration with the many
regional mathematical societies. On a positive note, I should mention
that the Marathwada Mathematical Society is about to start such an
activity, and RMS will collaborate in the effort.
I fondly remember a poem in praise of "Vidyaa-devi", that is "Goddess of Knowledge" (with a capital "K"):
Vidyaa-devi, strange is thy treasure. A thief cannot steal it, a state
cannot tax it, brethren cannot divide it, and it is so light to carry!
The more one spends it, the more it increases!!"
Let us all remember that mathematics is the top-most,
communicable, part of this Vidyaa!! Let us develop a network in the
mathematical community starting from the undergraduates, and spread the
message of mathematics!
Do let me know your suggestions regarding the idea of regional RMS-chapters.
With best regards,
From the Secretary (RMS):Dear Members
The following have been declared elected by the Returning
Officer to the posts as mentioned below:
President: Prof. Ravi S. Kulkarni, Department of Mathematics, IIT
S. Kumaresan, Head, Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, University of
K. Srinivasa Rao, Senior Professor (Retd.), The Institute of Mathematical
Mahua Dutta, ISI, Kolkata
The following were elected unopposed:
- For Vice-President: Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice- Chancellor, Delhi
- For Secretary:
Prof. Jugal Kishore Verma, Dept. of Mathematics, IIT, Bombay
- For Academic Secretary: Prof. Gadadhar Mishra, Indian Statistical
- For Editor-in-Chief: Prof. R. Parimala, School of Mathematics,
- For Treasurer:
Prof. K. Srinivas, IMSE, Chennai
Let me share with you this glad news. Elsevier has opened access to all available archived articles, back to Volume 1,
Issue 1 (or the first issue available) of each of the primary
mathematics journals from 4 years after publication to the 1st issue,
which means back to early 1960s for several titles.
European Journal of Combinatorics,
Discrete Applied Mathematics,
Journal of Combinatorial Theory,
Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series A
Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series B
and many others.
Hundreds of thousands of classical articles are available free of cost.
Thanks to Elsevier for this great helping hand.
Enjoy using them.
Fr Joseph Varghese
Annual Conference - 2012
October 20 - 23
The venue of the 27th Annual Conference of the Society will be:
Radisson Blu Hotel
Plot No.D District Centre
Outer Ring Road
Paschim Vihar New Delhi 110063
The 27th Annual Conference of the Ramanujan Mathematical Society will be held in Delhi during October 20-23, 2012. The Conference is being hosted by Shiv Nadar University and Professor Sanjeev Agrawal of the university is the chair of the Organizing Committee. As is the tradition, for the members of RMS, registration as well as local hospitality will be free.
Click here for further information.
Conference webpage can also be viewed here.
Add this event to your google calendar for quick reference.
The Academic Programme will consist of 12 Plenary Talks (of one-hour duration) apart from the Presidential Address and ﬁve symposia
(to run in two parallel sessions) on the following subjects: Analysis, Combinatorics, Commutative Algebra, Partial Diﬀerential Equations
and Topology. The Plenary and Symposia Talks are by invitation. There will be several sessions of 10-minute contributed paper presentations.
1. Bhaskar Bagchi (ISI, Bangalore)
2. Rajendra Bhatia (ISI, Delhi)
3. Probhal Chaudhuri (ISI, Kolkota)
4. Siddhartha Gadgil (IISc, Bengaluru)
5. Gadadhar Misra (IISc, Bengaluru)
6. Nitin Nitsure (TIFR, Mumbai)
7. Dipendra Prasad (TIFR, Mumbai)
8. R Ramanujam (IMSc, Chennai)
9. Alladi Sitaram (IISc, Bengaluru)
10. P N Srikanth (TIFR-CAM, Bengaluru)
11. D Surya Ramana (HRI, Allahabad)
12. Jugal K Verma (IIT, Mumbai)
Coordinator : GadadharM isra(IISc, Bengaluru)
Debraj Chakrabarti (TIFR-CAM, Bengaluru)
Partha Sarathi Chakraborty (IMSc, Chennai)
Ajay Kumar (DU, Delhi)
Krishna Maddali (IMSc, Chennai)
T S S R K Rao (ISI, Bengaluru)
Jaydeb Sarkar (ISI, Bengaluru)
Coordinator : SharadSane(IIT, M umbai)
Sukumar Das Adhikari (HRI, Allahabad)
Amitava Bhattachrya (TIFR, Mumbai)
S A Coudum (IIT, Chennai)
Rajendra Pawale (MU, Mumbai)
Sharad Sane (IIT, Mumbai)
Murali Srinivasan (IIT, Mumbai)
Coordinator : Jugal K Verma(IIT, M umbai)
Krishna Hanumanthulu (CMI, Chennai)
Manoj Kumar Keshari(IIT, Mumbai)
Dilip Patil (IISc, Bengaluru)
Tony Joseph Puthenpurakal (IIT, Mumbai)
Ravi A Rao (TIFR, Mumbai)
Raja Sridharan (TIFR, Mumbai)
Partial Diﬀerential Equations
Coordinator : SKesavan (IMSc, Chennai)
Pravir Dutt (IIT, Kanpur)
G.D.Veerappa Gowda (TIFR-CAM, Bengaluru)
A. S. Vasudeva Murthy (TIFR-CAM, Bengaluru)
T. Muthukumar (IIT, Kanpur)
Neela Nataraj (IIT, Mumbai)
V D Sharma (IIT, Mumbai)
Coordinator : M ahanM aharaj(V U, Kolkota)
Kingshook Biswas (VU, Kolkota)
Dishant Pancholi (CMI, Chennai)
S K Roushon (TIFR, Mumbai)
Rekha Santanam (IIT, Kanpur)
Ananth R Shastri (IIT, Mumbai)
Harish Seshadri (IISc, Bengaluru)
As part of the national celebrations of the 125-th
birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, TIFR has republished a
digitally recovered version of the Notebooks of Srinivasa Ramanujan.
TIFR has produced two editions: a Collector's Edition, which is a two
volume set, hard bound with a specially designed outer box to hold the
volumes and a cheaper paper back edition, without the outer box, but in
every other respect the same as the Collector's Edition. The paperback
edition is available only for sale in India. TIFR itself is distributing
the volumes. For more information, click here
RMS gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of Rs. 5,00,000 / -
made by Ms. S. K. Vijayalakshamma, Mr. K. C. Sekhar and Ms. K.
Padmavathy, of Bangalore, in memory of their
mathematician and scholar, the late Professor S.
K. Lakshman Rao.