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Appeal for Funds -- Four RMS-Projects

posted Jul 22, 2014, 6:10 PM by RMS Administrator   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 8:49 AM ]
Dear Friends of the Ramanujan Math Society,

You may know that RMS was founded in 1985. In the last 29 years, it has reached a high status in the mathematical community in India, and it is considered as a premier Society promoting higher mathematics in India. 

The "Journal of the Ramanujan Math Society", which also started in 1985, has reached international standards, and is considered a flagship mathematics journal coming from India. 

In 2005 RMS started "The Lecture Notes series of the Ramanujan Math Society". It has published 20  volumes and  Collected Works of three eminent mathematicians of the 20th century from India: Prof.s S. S. Pillai, S. Minakshisundaram, and Hans Raj Gupta. 

In the last 29 years, RMS has regularly conducted Annual Conferences, and some international  conferences, in which many distinguished mathematicians from within India, and abroad, have participated, including some Fields Medalists, and men and women of similar distinction.

From last year, it has started some Regional Programmes, including "Undergraduate Teachers Enrichment Programmes" (UGTE's), and for  High School teachers, programmes jointly with  Aziz Premji University (APU-RMS Programmes). From July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014, RMS conducted 13 UGTEs and 4 APU-RMS Programmes.

The current membership of RMS is over 1000, and includes most Bhatanagar awardees, Swarnajayanti Fellows, and other mathematicians of similar distinction, young and  older,  from India.

Despite such   stature in the mathematical world, RMS is still an organisation with meager resources. It has reached its academic stature mainly through the generosity of some of its rich friends with a large heart, who generously support its each major activity fulfilling an urgent timely need. 

Otherwise, after 29 years, RMS does not have even its own office, and has a very small paid staff. The whole work is done by a few dedicated individuals, who often pay partially for expenses from their own pockets. For example, for over two decades,a member has given 8 rooms in his house, which are  used as an "RMS-office".

Because of paucity of funds, it cannot take any large-scale activities on its own, like the Regional Programmes mentioned above, which will greatly benefit the mathematics community in India, the faculty and the students. 

Occasionally, RMS gets   funds from the national funding agencies, like NBHM, DST etc, and also contributions from a  few rich organisations and individuals.
But potentially it can  also generate funds from many people who see the merits, and value of the work of RMS. Both are valuable in their own ways. But the second type of contributions also involve many minds, and fosters noble feelings of an active, participating, community. 

Just consider how  typically a  temple, a church, a masjid, or a gurudwara gets built! Please consider RMS as a temple of mathematics, which is worth building for the advancement 
of  mathematics suitable for the 21st century India!!

You can help  RMS by becoming a Life Member, a Donor, a Benefactor, or a Patron, and  recommending your friends to become one. You can 
also help RMS by not only reading good mathematics from our publications, but also buying  some of our publications, or recommending them to the libraries of your institutions. There are also Institutional Memberships suitable for individual Colleges and Universities, affording some advantages for students at the respective College or University.

The Executive Committee (EC) has decided to give 20% discount on all the volumes of the RMS Lecture Notes Series, and 25% discount for the whole set.

We love mathematics, and many of us earn our living  through mathematics. It was never possible to make a lot of money by becoming a mathematics teacher! 
But still the society deeply respects our profession, and these days, at least allows us to earn a decent living!  So we may leave some part   in our last wills for RMS.

You can also set up an endowment in the name of a distinguished mathematician, a teacher and/or a researcher. Each year we shall honor him/her in a suitable national or regional meeting.

This  type of help will help RMS to build its corpus.

In addition, the EC of RMS has identified four "RMS-Projects".
You can  make ear-marked contributions to these projects, and hold the EC  responsible to complete  these projects in a time-bound way. This is a good way to encourage specific activities from an  organisation, and is a check on organisation's tendency to control and hoard the funds it receives.

The projects are:

1) Building Fund:

For a long time, RMS has thought about buying some land and building an office-building.
Some people have already made some contributions. Currently, it has about Rs  1.2 lakhs  in this Fund.

The expected expenses are between Rs 1.5 crores to Rs 2 crores.

2) Regional Programmes:

These programmes are briefly mentioned above. For more details, please visit our web-site:
www.ramanujanmathsociety.org. Click on the item 3 of the bulletin board there.

This will be a recurrent expense, about Rs 20 lakhs per year.

3) Support of Publications:

Each year, we are regularly bringing out 4  issues of JRMS, and 3 or 4 volumes of 
Lecture Notes Series, and Collected Works. We wish to bring about more Collected Works. It takes about 2 years 
of some very intense work to bring about a single volume of Collected Works. A timely donation 
from a US-based Foundation was useful in bringing out the Collected Works of S.S. Pillai.

This is a recurrent expense, about Rs 10 lakhs per year.

4) Joint Meeting with AMS in Dec 2016:

RMS and the Indian Math Society (IMS) have come together, and  are going to have a 
major meeting jointly with the American Math society in Dec 2016. This will be  like a mini-ICM 
for RMS and IMS members!

We have appealed to other math societies to join us, and we wish to make it  truly a meeting of the mathematical communities in India and US.

AMS expects 150 participants from the US and 600 from India.

The estimated expense will be about Rs 1 to 1.5 crores.


We appeal to the mathematical community to help RMS by your contributions small or large, so that together we can develop mathematics in India by  raising the standards of  teaching and encouraging high-level research. In our opinion, the two aspects, namely, teaching and research in mathematics, are two sides of the same  coin. They  are at the root of not only scientific and technological development, but they are also measures of general cultural awareness of the society.


The donation may be sent in the form of Multi City Cheque/DD/International Cheque  drawn in favour of  `Ramanujan Mathematical Society' payable at any bank in Chennai-India and may be sent to 

Prof. K. Srinivas
Treasurer, RMS
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences,
C.I.T. Campus, Taramani (PO)
Chennai, 600113
Tamilnadu, India

The donations can also be made in the form of Wire Transfer. For details kindly write to Prof. K. Srinivas (srinivas.kotyadaATgmail.com)

For an earmarked donation or setting up of an endowment,
please write a detailed letter, stating the purpose of a donation or an endowment.

​Best regards 
​to all.​

Ravi S. Kulkarni,
​President, RMS​