Pithoragarh, October 5
“The Himalayan region of Uttarakhand has the potential of becoming a centre of excellence in mathematics,” said Prof Mahan Maharaj, a winner of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for mathematical studies in 2011-12.

He was speaking at a mathematical conference being held by the centre for excellence in mathematical sciences on the SS Jeena campus of Kumaon University at Almora yesterday.
The region had been a leader in the studies of Indian philosophy and yoga in ancient times.
The national mathematical conference was being organised this year to mark the 125th birth anniversary of great Indian mathematician Professor Ramanujam. The conference from October 3 to 6 is witnessing the participation of leading mathematicians from the country and abroad. “The conference aims to re-establish the Uttarakhand region as a national leader in mathematical studies,” said Prof HS Dhami, organiser of the conference and convener of the centre for excellence in mathematical sciences, Almora.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, chairman, National Centre for Mathematics at IIT Mumbai, Prof MS Raghunathan, a Padma Shri awardee for his work in the sphere of mathematical studies, said his school would establish a mathematical centre at Almora as this had been remained a centre of excellence in higher studies of philosophy and yoga.
“It could be started only after the state government comes to its aid,” said Professor Raghunathan.
According to the convener of the conference, the conference would witness deliberations from eminent mathematicians from the country and abroad, like Professioor V Kumar, professor of mathematics in Toronto University, Canada, Professor Gadadhar Mishra from Indian institute of Science, Bangalore, M Baninathan from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Professor Anupam Saikia from IIT Guwahati and Professor SG Dani from IIT Mumbai.
“Besides these mathematicians, more than 60 participants from the universities situated in Garhwal and Kumaon are also participating in the conference,” said Professor Dhami.
“We have also released a souvenir on the occasion, Almora Mathematical Survey, which aims at collecting work done in the sphere of mathematics and its sub-disciplines in Uttarakhand in the last 50 years and possibilities of the mathematical studies in future in the region,” said Dhami.

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