Dear RMS-Friend, My 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! 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. ===== Regional Chapters: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". The
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. Let 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 come together 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. One
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)
and ii). We
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"): "O 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, Ravi Kulkarni |

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