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Department of Atomic Energy fosters Higher Mathematics in the country


In 1983, DAE incorporated the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) as a promotional agency to co-ordinate various activities for the progress of mathematical culture in the country. Following is the mandate of the Board:


  1. Evolving and implement by policies and programme for the development of mathematics in the country,
  2. Helping in establishment and development of mathematical centres,
  3. Financial assistance to research projects and doctoral and post-doctoral scholars,
  4. Assessing the nature and extent of mathematical inputs necessary in the applications and suggesting steps for training adequate personnel, especially in the areas where sophisticated mathematics is involved, and
  5. Determining and administering the funds required for these activities.

Projects co-ordinated by NBHM:


Grant-in-Aid for Research:


Assistance for selected research projects is provided by the NBHM on the recommendations of the Research Programmes Committee.


Ramanujan Professorship:


Under this Visiting Professorship, that is effective since 1989, the Board invites an eminent mathematician to visit India for a period of at least two months.


Teacher Fellowships:


These fellowships are offered to college or a university teachers who are working towards their Ph.D. and have already made some progress. The fellowships are for a maximum period of three years.


Visiting Professors:


The Board provides funds to university departments and other institutions for inviting eminent mathematicians from within India and abroad for lecture, joint work and other academic activities.


Post-Doctoral Fellowships:


The Post-Doctoral Fellowships is given to mathematicians below the age of 35. For postdoctoral research work, scholars who have submitted their dissertations for a Ph.D. degree are also eligible to apply.


In the year 2003-04 an annual budget of Rs.7.47 crore was allocated to NBHM. A major portion of the budget was released to the mathematics departments of about 87 universities/institutions towards library support. In collaboration with the International Mathematical Union, NBHM initiated schemes for making mathematical literature accessible through electronic-communication. NBHM provided ten new fellowships at doctoral level and six at post-doctoral level. In addition, four national and nine international conferences relating to mathematics were partially supported by NBHM. During the year, 18 young mathematicians were provided with travel expenses and five professors (Indian & foreign) were supported for their short-term visits to the Institutions in India. NBHM conducted Olympiad contests among the young talents at plus two (+2) level.


The Board provides an annual grant of Rs.30 lakh for Olympiad activities. A recurring grant of Rs.95 lakh was released in favour of the Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai which conducts a very high level undergraduate programme.


Research Award for Ph.D Studies:


The award is meant for students wishing to do a Ph.D. in any branch of mathematics. Students applying for this Award should have a Master’s degree in mathematics, physics or statistics. The award is granted initially for one year and is renewable for a period of upto five years.


Scholarships for Master’s Level:


The scholarships have been instituted for outstanding students with aptitude for research, studies for a master’s degree in Mathematics or Statistics in some selected institutions.


Scholarships for Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics:


The Board awards eight scholarships to talented students wishing to pursue undergraduate studies leading to B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Mathematics at Punjab University, Chandigarh. The maximum duration of the scholarship is three years.


Mathematics Olympiad:


Mathematics Olympiad activity on a national level has been one of the NBHM’s major initiatives since 1986. One of the main purposes of this activity is to spot mathematical talent among high school children. NBHM has the responsibility for selecting and training the Indian team for participation in the International Olympiad every year.


Short Term Visits to Institutions:


NBHM provides assistance to teachers for making short term visits for joint work to another institution in India.


Travel Assistance for Mathematicians:


Partial or full travel assistance is extended to mathematicians attending conferences, symposia, summer schools, etc within India or abroad.


Assistance for Conferences:


NBHM provides financial assistance for holding national and international conferences and workshops.


Instructional Schools:


NBHM organizes periodically Instructional Schools for 3 to 4 weeks in the areas of mathematics of current interest. Its aim is to expose mathematicians and young students working for their Ph.D. degrees to the areas of mathematics.


Support to Libraries:


This scheme of NBHM extends financial support to the libraries of various universities and institutions in India. So far 10 libraries have been identified by NBHM as “Regional Libraries”. These libraries are expected to cater to the needs of their region and are open to mathematicians of the region for consultations and inter-university borrowing.


Nurture Programme:


Every year the faculty of IMO-Training Camp selects about 20 students of standard 12th, for participation in the Nurture Programme of NBHM. All the students selected receive cash prizes.



DAE’s aided institutes engaged in mathematics, research and education


School of Mathematics


of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), a premier institute of scientific research in India and a grant- in-aid institution of DAE, conducts various courses and activities in the field of mathematics. These include viz Visiting Post Doctoral Studies, Graduate studies, Students Summer Visiting Programme, International Mathematics Union related activities, Reprint Server Service, lectures, seminars etc.


Harish Chandra Research Institute of Mathematics & Mathematical Physics, Allahabad


The Harish-Chandra Research Institute formerly the Mehta Research Institute(MRI) till October11, 2000, had come into existence in 1975. It became an autonomous institute, funded by the DAE. The institute conducts investigations and research on problems in mathematics and mathematical physics, computer science and related topics. It has doctoral and post-doctoral programmes.


Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar


The institute is an autonomous research institution funded jointly by DAE and the Government of Orissa. The Institute was established in 1974 under the government of Orissa and was taken up by DAE as grant-in-aid institute on March 25, 1985. IOP promotes research in several branches of pure and applied physics. It has research programmes in both theoretical and experimental physics. The Institute also carries out theoretical research on quantum computation and mathematical physics.


Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai


The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), formed in 1962, is a national institute of higher learning that fosters high quality fundamental research in frontier disciplines of mathematical sciences. The institute has programmes for doctoral degree, postdoctoral work and the visiting scientists scheme.


Indian team scores 6 medals in the 45th International Mathematical Olympiad


Indian team that participated in the 45th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), 2004 held in Athens, Greece, from July 9 to July 18, 2004.


The six member Indian team ranked 14th among 85 countries, and was marks wise first amongst commonwealth nations, winning 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.


Seen in the photo are Prof. R. B. Bapat, (Leader, ISI, Delhi), Shri Vipul Naik, (Silver), Shri Anupam Prakash, (Bronze), Kum. Kshipra Uday Bhavalkar,(Silver), Shri Rohit Suhas Joshi, (Silver), Shri Anand Rajendra Deopurkar, (Silver), Shri Abhishek Hemant Kumar Dang, (Bronze) and Dr. V.V. Acharya, Deputy Leader, Ferguson college, Pune.


International Mathematics Olympiad


The International Mathematics Olympiad is a mathematical competition from all over the world for students under 20 years of age having no formal exposure to mathematics at university level. IMO had originated in ‘Etovos’, Hungary and spinned off to an international shape when Romania hosted the first International Olympiad in 1959. Each country can nominate up to six students for participation. Late Professor P. L. Bhatnagar of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) had initiated Olympiad activity in India. Prof. J. N. Kapur of IIT, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and Prof. Phoolan Prasad of IISc., Bangalore, Karnataka, were other pioneers.


The Mathematics Olympiad programme in India leading to participation in the IMO is organized by the NBHM. It consists of regional and national level Olympiads, followed by training for participation in international olympiad. The 37th IMO was held in Mumbai 1996. About 75 countries participated.


Mini Power Station Model


The Nuclear Training Centre at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS), has designed, fabricated, installed and commissioned a working model on conventional process system of the power station. The working model is designed to impart training to various categories of stipendiary trainees by simulating plant-like conditions of conventional system. The model consists of steam generator, turbine, condenser, condensate extraction pump, de-aerator, feed pump, condenser circulating water pump, natural draft cooling tower and its basin. In addition, this model has components such as turbine governing valve, atmospheric steam discharge valve, steam dump valve, relief valve, boiler feed control valve and water powered air ejector.


Steam is generated by electric heaters installed in the pilot steam generator and passed to the turbine through throttle valve at a pressure of 3 kg/cm2. The turbine rotates up to 1000 rpm. The steam coming out from the turbine is condensed in the pilot condenser. The negative pressure is maintained in the condenser with the help of water powered air ejector. The cooled water from the condenser is fed back to the steam generator passing through condensate and feed water cycle similar to the pressurized heavy water reactor station. The model is operated in closed loop cycle continuously and its performance has been found satisfactory.



Graduation Function of BARC Training School


Graduation Function of 47th batch of one-year orientation course for 105 engineering graduates and science postgraduates was held on August 27, 2004 at the Central Complex Auditorium, BARC, Mumbai. Total number of graduates passed from BARC since its inception is 6141. Women share is 7.5%.


The BARC Training School continues to play an anchor role in training and inducting talented candidates for the implementation of DAE programmes and sustained growth in frontier areas of science and technology. Homi Bhabha prizes were given away to outstanding trainees by Dr. M. S. Valiyathan, President, Indian National Science Academy. Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, AEC congratulated all the trainee scientific officers graduating. He called upon them to rise to the highest level. He said “We have done a lot in reactor technology, however we have to master new technologies like fast breeder reactor technology, thorium utilization & hybrid reactor technology”. Dr. S. Banerjee, Director, BARC called upon the trainees to be the donors of knowledge to the society. Dr. M.S. Valiyathan, how the Japanese indiginised the technology and grew as a powerful economy in the world. He said that for industrial development capital, plans and regulations, and spirit of people are essential ingredients. He called upon the trainees to read and imbibe the spirit of Homi Bhabha. Dr. R. B. Grover, Director, Knowledge Management Group, gave the welcome address. He gave an overview of the training programmes conducted in DAE in India. Chairman, AEC on this occasion, released trainee’s journal.