(Estd. 1907; Registration No. S-550, Delhi)

Shri V. Ramaswami Aiyar

It was a landmark in the history of Indian Mathematics when more than a century ago, on April 4, 1907, late Shri V. Ramaswami Aiyar , a Deputy Collector in the services of the then Madras Province, founded India’s first Mathematical Society, with twenty enthusiastic founding members , and with its Headquarters at Pune.

To day, the Indian Mathematical Society (IMS) is the oldest and the largest Mathematical Society of the Country with more than 2000 Life Members.

The objects of the Society is the promotion of Mathematical Study and Research. Its central activity is to inspire and encourage researchers, educationists, students and all the mathematics loving persons .

Professor B. Hanumantha Rao was the first President of the Society; from 1907 to 1912.

Genesis and History of Founding of the Society
The Founder of Our Society . – The honour of being the Founder of our Society belongs to Mr. V. Ramaswami Aiyar, His first letter proposing the formation of the Society, dated 25th December 1906, is contained in his letter, dated 3rd April 1907 (reproduced at the end the end along with the list of 20 founding members), announcing the formation of the Society under the name “Analytic Club” The letter was published in the leading Madras dailies of the 4th April, 1907; and it is but fitting that it is on record in the pages of the J. Ind. Math. Soc., vol. XI, No. 2, April 1919.(See The Math. Student, 80, Nos.1-4, (2011), 259)

Genesis and History of Founding of the Society -
Mathematical Reminiscences of the founding father himself.

(excerpts from V. Ramaswami Aiyar's presidential address of 1926.
See The Math. Student, 80, Nos.1-4, (2011), 243-258)

“ In 1893 I took M. A. degree and about August in the following year I was a candidate for the Mysore Civil Service Examination and failed. I then received an enquiry from Mr. Bhabha, Inspector-General of Education in Mysore, asking if I can act as a Professor of Mathematics in the Central College, Bangalore, in place of Mr. T. R. Venkataswami Naidu, who was taking a short leave. I was glad to accept the offer. This made me a colleague of Mr. M. T. Naraniengar and we became intimate friends. We were both deeply interested in Mathematics and in a modest way Geometry was our forte and curves our fancy; we discussed nothing but mathematics. Ball’s Mathematical Recreations had recently come out and contained a lot to interest us. After Mr. Venkataswami Naidu rejoined duty, I continued to remain in Bangalore, meeting Mr. M. T. Naraniengar frequently. We had a special affinity as both of us were old boys of the Cambridge College.

In 1895, Mathematics classes were opened for B. A. in the Maharaja’s college, Mysore, and I was appointed to a permanent post in the staff of the college, as Lecturer in the subject. Mr. J. Weir was the principal of the college and Professor of Mathematics. Mr. Weir got me introduced as a member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and I felt very proud. The proceedings of the Society, which I received, gave me my first glimmer of hope that a Mathematical Society like the Edinburgh could, perhaps, be formed in India.

My service in Mysore did not continue long. I appeared for the Madras Civil Service Examination of 1895 and came out successfully. I joined the Madras Civil Service as a Deputy Collector at the end of 1895.

The year 1906, I think, is an important date in the intellectual history of the world. It was the year in which Einstein made his great discovery of the principle of relativity. It was also the year, probably, in which our own great mathematician, Ramanujan, unknown as yet, was making some of his discoveries. However that be, there was a feeling in India that it was the time of large awakening. There was considerable political agitation then, owing to the partition of Bengal. But men also saw that, before India could become great, we needed advancement in many different directions. Our great countryman, Sir J. N. Tata, had these problems in mind and laid the foundation of a considerable industrial and intellectual advancement. But his great scheme of Central Research Institute for India made no provision for mathematical advancement. One day I put myself the question “Can I not be of some help in advancing the interests of Mathematics in India?” The spirit of the times made me think seriously about the question. I wanted to form a Mathematical Society which might be something like the Edinburgh (Mathematical) Society. I obtained the Calendars of the Madras and the Bombay Universities and made a list of all men who had taken the M. A. degree, or a first class in B. A., or doing work as Professors and Assistant Professors in various colleges. The list was very encouraging. There were men of distinction like Dastur, Sanjana, Apte and Paranjpye in the Bombay Presidency. There were men like Hanumantha Rao, my own teacher Swaminatha Aiyar, Ramchandra Rao, Naraniengar, Ramesham, Venkataswami Naidu, and so on in my Presidency. On perusal of the long list, it occurred to me that, if by some magic, I could only put all these names in to a Society, then with Euclid, I might say, Q. E. F. (what is required is now done). But I did not see my way for this magic. I was a Deputy Collector and not a Professor of a College whom his fellow mathematicians would know. I sometimes thought that, if I were the great Asutosh Mukherji of Bengal, I could make a trumpet call, bringing all the mathematicians to gether at once. But I was unknown; and any call by me, I felt, would fall flat on the public ear. So, I was in a state of hesitation as to the action I should take.

In that year I saw a copy of the Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, sent me by a friend. The matter which it contained was mostly beyond me but there was a little bit that delighted me. And I began to wonder how many such delightful bits, we in India, may be missing by not seeing the leading journals. This made me more eager than ever to try to form a Mathematical Society. At length came the Christmas Day of December 1906 . I was put up in a village Chavidi, in Gooty Division, Anantpur District. Thinking calmly, I felt that God will prosper any earnest endeavour made in a self-less cause. I was able to see my plan clearly and I wrote a little letter asking friends to join and form a small Mathematical Society . The letter was simply conceived and had no ambitious programme. (published in vol. XI of the journal of the Society; it is reproduced below at the end). I sent copies of the letter to one friend after another and I received an abundant response during three months. Then on the 4th of April 1907, I was able to announce in the Madras dailies that the Society was formed, with a strength of 20 members, under the name “The Indian Mathematical Club ,” and I became one of its Joint Secretaries along with Mr. Naraniengar and I continued so till 1910

After the formation of our Society in 1907, I wrote to the leading mathematicians of Bengal (with copies of my original letter and letter of announcement) asking for their support. I got a prompt response from Professor Mahendra Nath Dey, but not from others. Professor Dey informed me that my letters to others had been received, but mathematicians of Bengal were considering the formation of a separate Society at Calcutta. I was feeling disappointed that Bengal did not join us. Before long, however, I received a kind letter from Sir Gurudas Banerjee, the eminent judge, as well as mathematician, acknowledging my l etter, commending our action, and stating that they in Bengal preferred to have a Society formed in Calcutta itself, to gain our common objects the better, and that plans for this were ready. He said that India was such a vast country that there was ample room for both the Societies to function and he wished all prosperity to our endeavours. With such blessings from Sir Gurudas we were very glad to see our sister Society The Calcutta Mathematical Society come in to existence in Calcutta in 1908, for promoting our common objects.

Sir,–I recently sent a proposal to some gentlemen interested in mathematics suggesting the formation of a small Mathematical Society. The proposal ran as follows : –

Sir,–I believe several friends interested in Mathematics have felt the present lack of facilities for seeing mathematical periodicals and books. This is a very great disadvantage we are suffering.

I propose therefore that a few friends may at once join and form a small Mathematical Society and subscribe for all the important Mathematical periodicals and, as far as possible, for all important books in Higher Mathematics.

We may call the Society “The Analytic Club” for the present, and have it in view to give it a broader basis with a suitable name by and by.

Our work immediately will be to obtain all the important periodicals and new books and circulate them to members. I shall be glad to undertake the duties of Secretary for the first year and do my best to promote the object in view.

If half a dozen members can be counted upon to join immediately and each subscribe Rs. 25/- per annum, we shall be able to make a good start. The Annual Subscription may perhaps be somewhat less, say, if a dozen members can be had; but even a dozen members paying Rs. 25/- per annum would not suffice to enable the Club to obtain the more important books appearing every year. I propose therefore that the subscription be Rs. 25/- per annum.

It appears to me necessary also that members should be prepared for a further sacrifice, and I propose that each member should send the journals and books he receives on to the next, and the last to the Secretary, at his own cost. This in effect would be to add about Rs. 5/- more to one’s subscription. I hope friends interested in Mathematics will not consider this a too heavy sacrifice – at any rate initially, in giving a club start.

Will you kindly write to me if you are in favour of the proposal? In case you are, I request you will send me your subscription of Rs. 25/- for 1907, as early as possible, so that we make a start at once.

This is only a tentative scheme and we may try it for a year and then introduce necessary changes.

I propose to consider the club formed as soon as three friends have agreed to the proposal, making with me four members. Thereafter, all business requiring determination by the Club can be done by circulation. Requesting the favour of an early reply,

I remain, Sir, Yours truly ,

(Signed) V. Ramaswami Aiyar.

In response to this proposal (which I was able to send only to a very limited number of persons) the under mentioned have written to me consenting to become members of the proposed Society :

Messrs :

1. R. N. Apte, M. A., L.L. B., F. R. A. S., Professor of Mathematics, Rajaram College, Kolhapur.

2. M. V. Arunachala Sastri, M. A., Assistant Professor, Nizam’s College, Hyderabad.

3. K. Chinnatambi Pillai, B. A., Assistant Professor, Christian College, Madras.

4. B. Hanumanta Rao, B. A., Professor of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Madras.

5. D. K. Hardikar, B.A., Professor of Mathematics, Nizam’s College, Hyderabad.

6. G. Kasturiranga Aiyangar, M. A., Lecturer, Maharaja College, Mysore.

7. B. Krishnamachari, M. A., Asst. Superintendent, Accountant General’s Office, Madras.

8. A. V. Kuttikrishna Menon, M. A., Teacher’s College, saidapet.

9. V. Madhava Rao, M. A., Professor of Mathematics, Maharaja’s College, Vizianagaram.

10. M. T. Narayana Aiyangar, M. A., Professor of Mathematics, Central College, Bangalore.

11. R. P. Paranjpye, B. Sc., M. A., Principal and Professor of Mathematics, Fergusson College, Poona.

12. R. Ramachandra Rao, B. A., Collector of Kurnool.

13. K. J. Sanjana, M. A., Principal and Professor of Mathematics, Samaldas College, Bhavnagar, Kathiawar.

14. P. V. Seshu Aiyar, M. A., Lecturer, Government College, Kumbhakonam.

15. S. P. Singaravelu Mudaliar, B. A., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Christian College, Madras.

16. R. Swaminatha Aiyar, B. A., Treasury Deputy Collector, Coimbatore.

17. T. R. Venkataswami Nayudu, B. A. , Professor of Mathematics, Maharaja’s College, Mysore.

18. K. Krishnan Nayar, B. A., B. C. E., District Board Engineer, Mangalore.

19. S. A. Subramania Aiyar, B. A., B. C. E., Executive Engineer, Madras P. W. D., Madanapalli.

With me, it makes 20 members.

Messrs :

Sr. No. Name & degrees Affiliation photo
1 R. N. Apte
M. A., L.L. B., F. R. A. S.
Professor of Mathematics
Rajaram College, Kolhapur
2 M. V. Arunachala Sastri
M. A.
Assistant Professor
Nizam’s College, Hyderabad.
3 K. Chinnatambi Pillai
B. A.
Assistant Professor
Christian College, Madras
4 B. Hanumanta Rao
B. A.
Professor of Mathematics
College of Engineering, Madras.
5 D. K. Hardikar
B. A.
Professor of Mathematics
Nizam’s College, Hyderabad
6 G. Kasturiranga Aiyangar
M. A.
Lecturer, Maharaja College
7 B. Krishnamachari
M. A.
Asst. Superintendent
Accountant General’s Office, Madras
8 A. V. Kuttikrishna Menon
M. A.
Teacher's College, Saidapet
9 V. Madhava Rao
M. A.
Professor of Mathematics
Maharaja’s College, Vizianagaram
10 M. T. Narayana Aiyangar
M. A.
Professor of Mathematics,
Central College, Bangalore.
11 R. P. Paranjpye
B. Sc., M. A.
Principal and Professor of Mathematics
Fergusson College, Poona
12 R. Ramachandra Rao
B. A.
Collector of Kurnool
13 K. J. Sanjana
M. A.
Principal and Professor of Mathematics
Samaldas College, Bhavnagar, Kathiawar
14 P. V. Seshu Aiyar
M. A.
Government College, Kumbhakonam
15 S. P. Singaravelu Mudaliar
B. A.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Christian College, Madras
16 R. Swaminatha Aiyar
B. A.
Treasury Deputy Collector, Coimbatores
17 T. R. Venkataswami Nayudu
B. A.
Professor of Mathematics
Maharaja’s College, Mysore
18 K. Krishnan Nayar
B. A., B. C. E.
District Board Engineer, Mangalore
19 S. A. Subramania Aiyar
B. A., B. C. E.,
Executive Engineer
Madras P. W. D., Madanapalli
20 V. Ramaswami Aiyar
M. A.
Deputy Collector, Madras.

I beg to declare on behalf of all those that have joined, that the Society is now formed, under the proposed name “The Analytic Club” for the time being; and I shall be its Secretary provisionally.

My thanks are due to the gentlemen who have joined, for the support they have given me in starting the club. The membership has already exceeded my modest anticipations, and many more, I think, will be joining. This renders some changes and a better organization at once necessary. I shall soon be submitting to members proposals for a simple constitution for the Society according to which the affairs of the Society will be managed by a committee consisting of a President, a few office bearers and some additional members. From the support that I have received in this respect also, I feel we shall have a Committee giving the greatest possible confidence.

Our Library should preferably be in a place which is postally a good centre for all India. In this respect, Poona is, next to Bombay, the most central place for all India. Further, I am glad to be able to mention that Prof. Paranjpye will be willing to take charge of the Library, provision being made for the discharge of purely mechanical work through Assistant Librarians. By voting Poona as our centre, we Madrassees will convince the rest of India that we do not look at the matter from a purely provincial point of view.


Note : It may be observed from the above (the complete articles are reproduced in The Mathematics Student, Vol. 80, Nos. 1-4, (2011), pp. 239-263) that the first copy of the above proposal letter was sent by Mr. V. Ramaswami Aiyar on 25th December,1906 ; and then he went on sending its copies to one friend after another, of course only to a very limited number of persons, as stated by him. During the next three months he got above responses which exceeded his modest anticipations. He then declares formation of “The Analytic Club” in his above letter of 3rd April 1907; and on 4th April 1907 he announced in the Madras dailies that the Society is formed, with a strength of 20 founding members, under the name “The Indian Mathematical Club”.

Also, the 1907 and 1908 volumes of the Journal published by the Society are under the name “Journal of the Indian Mathematical Club”; and then after they are published under the present name “Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society”.

Discovery of Srinivasa Ramanujan – the greatest mathematical genius of modern times in India.

When we pauses to reflect on Ramanujan’s life, we see that there were certain events that seemingly were necessary in order that Ramanujan and his mathematics be brought to posterity. One of these was V. Ramaswami Aiyar’s founding of the Indian Mathematical Society, for had he not launched the Indian Mathematical Society, the next necessary episode, namely, Ramanujan’s meeting with Ramaswami Aiyar at his office in 1910, would also have not taken place. Ramanujan had carried with him one of his notebooks, and Ramaswami Aiyar not only recognized the creative spirit that produced its contents, but he also had the wisdom to contact others in order to bring Ramanujan’s mathematics to others for appreciation and support. The large mathematical community that has thrived on Ramanujan’s discoveries for nearly a century owes a huge debt to V. Ramaswami Aiyar and the Indian Mathematical Society.

IMS Conferences
The First, Second and Third Conference of IMS were held respectively at Madras (1916), Bombay (1919) and Lahore (1921). One pleasantly notes that the IMS had jurisdiction beyond the boundaries of the present Indian State. The Fourth Conference of IMS was organized at Pune in 1924. In those days the Conferences of the Society were organized intermittently with a gap of more years than one. From 1951 onwards, the Conferences of the Society are being organized annually every year.

The Silver Jubilee Celebrations, on the occasion of completion of twenty five years of existence of IMS, were held at Pune on March 26, 1932 under the Presidentship of Wrangler Principal R.P. Paranjpye. It is at this conference that it was decided to start the publication of another periodical, as a part of this Silver Jubilee Celebrations, and accordingly the Society started a new Journal named The Mathematics Student in 1933 - over and above the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society which was being published from the begining.

The 25th (Silver Jubilee) Conference of IMS was held at Allahabad in 1959. It was inaugurated by Late Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India.

The Annual Conferences of the Society are full of very enriching programmes such as Plenary and Memorial Award Lectures by eminent mathematicians, several invited Lectures and Symposia on current areas of research as also the Paper Presentation Competetion and Presentation of large number of research papers by researchers from all over the Country.

The details of the venue of past conferences can be accessed in the link past conferences on Society's website.
Centenary Year Celebrations
The Centenary Year Celebrations of the existence of the Society took place during 73rd Annual Conference of the Society held under the auspices of the University of Pune, Pune, in December 2007.

Prof. S.T. Yau (Fields Medalist), Prof. Richard Hamilton (Clay Award winner) and Prof. S.R. S. Varadhan (Abel Prize Winner) delivered Plenary lectures during the Conference.

The Platinum Jubilee 75th Annual Conference of the Society was held under the auspices of the Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu, in December 2009. On this occasion, a Commemorative Postage Stamp on the “Indian Mathematical Society” was issued by the Department of Posts (Philately Division), Government of India to mark the completion of the hundred years of the establishment of the Society.

All these years, the Society has motivated and inspired a very large number of budding mathematicians, and thus has served a great cause of promoting Mathematics Education and Research in the Country.

To mark the occasion of this Centenary Year, Special Volumes of the Journal (The Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society, The Special Volume 1907-2007) as well as of the Mathematics Student (The Mathematics Student, Special Centenary Volume (2007)) were published.
Periodicals published by the Society
The Society publishes two periodicals

The Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society
( J. Indian Math. Soc. , JIMS; The Journal ; ISSN 019-5839)


The Mathematics Student
( Math. Student ; the Student ; ISSN 0025-5742)

both of which are quarterly (the four numbers published as a single yearly volume now).

The Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society (ISSN 0019-5839):

* Only the research papers of high quality are published in the Journal .

From its very inception, the Society started publishing, 'Progress Reports’. The First Progress Report was published in September 1907. Till December 1908, in all, eight 'Progress Reports’ were brought out. From 1909 the 'Progress Reports’ were rechristened as Journal and it was published every two months till 1933. The First Editor of 'Progress Reports’ and later of the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society (J. Ind. Math. Soc.) was M.T. Naraniengar who continued till 1927 and nurtured it for twenty years. Later the Editorship of JIMS was entrusted to R. Vaidyanathswamy who served as editor upto 1950. During his tenure of editorship, in 1934, the present new series of JIMS was started and was turned into a quarterly Journal.

It was due to the hard work put in by these two pioneering editors that the JIMS established itself as one of the leading international Journals, a position which it continues to hold even today.

It may be noted that with great pride that

1911 volume of this Journal contains earliest contributions of the great legendry mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. They were in the form of questions. In fact a fifteen page paper entitled “Some properties of Bernoulli Numbers” contributed by Ramanujan also appeared in the same 1911 volume of the Journal. He also published 12 of his research papers in the Journal of Indian Mathematical Society.

S. S. Pillai, another brilliant Indian mathematician, who almost solved the famous "Warring Problem", published 23 of his research papers in the Journal of Indian Mathemtical Society and 8 papers in the Mathematics Student.

The Mathematics Student :

At the time of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations on the occasion of completion of twenty five years of existence of the Indian Mathematical Society in 1932, it was decided to start the publication of another periodical, and accordingly the Society started a new Journal, named The Mathematics Student, in 1933 with A Narasinga Rao as its first editor. who worked as the founder editor almost single – handed with great devotion for eighteen years (1933-1950) and placed it on a firm footing.

It may be noted with great pride that

A conference, first of its kind in Asia, entitled "South Asian Conference on Mathematical Education" under the directorship of K. Chandrasekharan was held at TIFR, Bombay, during Feb, 1956 in which mathematicians like M. H. Stone, G . Choquet, H. Freudenthal and a host of other world mathematicians participated; the entire Proceedings of this conference has been published in the Mathematics Student Vol 54 (1956).

Currently, the following is published in The Mathematics Student:

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IMS Library
The Library of the Indian Mathematical Society was started in 1907 at the Fergusson College, Pune with Wrangler Principal R. P. Paranjpye as its first Librarian, who served in this capacity from 1907 to 1922. In 1950, the Library was shifted to Madras (Chennai), and is now housed in the Campus of the Ramanujan Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, University of Madras, Chennai : 600 005

The Library receives many journals on Exchange basis and has a rich collection of back numbers of reputed mathematical journals received from all over the world. The complete catalogue of the back volumes of all the periodicals published by the Society as well as those received in exchange by the Society and available in the IMS Library, Chennai, is now displayed on the IMS website.

There is a spate of request for xerox copies of articles published in these journals and the Library attends to these demands promptly. If a particular journal is not available in the IMS Library, the scholars/students are requested to contact other Libraries where it is likely to be available providing them with the addresses of those Libraries.
Memorial Award Lectures
During every Annual Conference of the Society, the following Memorial Award Lectures are arranged as a part of the Academic Programme (each Award Lecture is of one hour duration with no parallel session).

1. P.L. Bhatnagar Memorial Award Lecture (Instituted in 1987)

2. Srinivasa Ramanujan Memorial Award Lecture (Instituted in 1990)

3. V. Ramaswamy Aiyer Memorial Award Lecture (Instituted in 1990)

4. Hansaraj Gupta Memorial Award Lecture (Instituted in 1990)

5. Ganesh Prasad Memorial Award Lecture (Instituted in 1993; and delivered every alternate year).

These Lectures carry a token honorarium of Rs. 2500/- each along with a Citation.

Further, as part of the Academic Programme, there may be

Plenary lectures by eminent Mathematicians,

Symposia on current topics,

invited talks, and

research paper reading sessions.

A. Narasinga Rao Memorial Prize.

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The Prize will be recommended by a committee consisting of The Academic Secretary, Indian Mathematical Society (Convener), Editor, Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society and the Editor, The Mathematics Student.

The Prize will be awarded during the Inaugural Function of the Annual Conference of the Indian Mathematical Society.

Following conditions apply :

1. The research paper must be under single authorship, the research work must have been carried out in India and the post - doctoral research work is preferred.

2. The upper age limit of the awardee should not be more than 45 years as on the date of receipt of the paper by the Editor.

P.L. Bhatnagar Memorial Prize.

This Prize is awarded annually to the top scorer(s) of the Indian team at the International Mathematical Olympiad. It consists of a cash Prize of Rs. 1000/- and a Certificate. The Prize is presented during the Inaugural Session of the Annual Conference of the Indian Mathematical Society.

Award of Various Prizes for Research Paper Presentations

In order to encourage and inspire the young and budding research workers, the Society holds, during its Annual Conferences, a Special Session of Paper Presentation Competition for various Prizes to be awarded to the best research paper presented. This Special Session is held as a part of the Academic Programme with no other parallel session.

1. IMS Prize : Group-1 : Discrete Mathematics (Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Posets), Lattice Theory, Set Theory, Logic, Number Theory and related areas.

2. IMS Prize : Group-2 : Algebraic Geometry, Geometry, Topology, Algebraic Topology, and related areas.

3. IMS Prize : Group-3 : Measure Theory, Probability Theory, Stochastic Processes, and related areas.

4. IMS Prize : Group-4 : Differential/Integral/Functional equations and inequalities, Special Functions , Numerical Analysis and related areas.

5. IMS Prize : Group-5 : Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Electro-magnetic Theory, Magneto-Hydrodynamics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Relativity and related areas.

6. IMS Prize : Group-6 : Operations Research, Optimization, Computational Mathematics, Information Technology, Biomathematics, History of Mathematics and related areas

A M U Prize : Algebra, Differential Geometry and Functional Analysis.

V M Shah Prize : Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Fourier Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Approximation Theory and related areas.

Three / Four judges are appointed by the Council for “Paper Presentation Competition” for deciding the award of various Prizes.

Each of these eight prizes listed above carries a cash award of Rs.1000/- and a Certificate.

Following conditions apply :

1. Only the Members of the Society are eligible for participation in the Competition. (Non-members can participate by becomeing annual/sessional members by paying Rs.250/- to the Treasurer so as to reach him by December 10 of the corresponding year or then after to the Local Organizing Secretary).

2. The upper age limit of a candidate for participation in the Competition is 40 years as on December 31, of the respective year.

3. a) The paper to be presented for the competition has to be under single authorship
b) Independent work at the post-doctoral level is preferred.
c) The work must have been carried out in India.
d) Stress will be on both, quality of research as well as performance during the presentation.

Note : One who is already awarded a prize in a certain area in the past is not expected to participate in the competition for the prize in the same area.
Guidelines for acceptance of Donations to the Society

1. There will not be any further institution of Memorial Award Lectures. (This point was discussed in the earlier meetings of the Council and such was the consensus).

2. The donation amount will not be less than Rupees Five Lacs. (There could be an upward revision of this amount from time to time).

3. The donor may be an individual or a trust or a group of individuals.

4. The Indian Mathematical Society will solely and independently own the amount donated to it.

5. A prospective donor should approach the General Secretary of the Indian Mathematical Society with a Offer. Keeping with the spirit of this Policy Guide lines and if so felt necessary, referring to the Council whether the proposal be negotiated or not, in his wisdom, the General Secretary will negotiate the terms and conditions for each donation proposal and will put it before the Council for its consideration and approval. The Council will deliberate on the proposal, and after modifications, if any, may accept the proposal through a special resolution with specific details mentioning the terms and conditions. This will be published in the IMS News Letter after the Donor agrees to the resolution of the Council.

6. Ordinarily during every Annual Conference of the Society there are several Invited Lectures and Symposia running in parallel sessions. One of these academic programmes may be permanently marked / identified as “so and so sponsored programme in the (fond) memory of ” or “so and so sponsored programme in the honour of ”, as per the wish of each donor, by the Council. This programme may be arranged in a parallel session during the Conference.

7. Each year, the Council through its Academic Planning Committee (APC) will be the final authority in this regard to finalize the name of a speaker of an invited talk or the names of the symposia speakers for this sponsored programme. The modus operandi for identifying the speaker(s) may be decided by the Council. The invited speaker(s) will be the guest of the host institution. In case of an honourarium, if any, to the invited speaker, the amount of the honourarium will not exceed the honourarium amount for the existing Memorial Award Lectures.

8. Ordinarily train travel to the extent of AC-2 Tier be reimbursed. However, in special cases the domestic air travel may be considered.

9. Not withstanding the above,

(A). An offer of a donation with a stipulated purpose (not as part of the corpus), may be accepted by the Council on its merit.

(B). An offer of a donation of any amount in general, without any stipulated conditions, may be accepted by the Council on its merit as a part of the General Purpose Corpus.

The Council reserves its right whether or not a particular donation be accepted.

IMS Sponsored Lectures
To popularize Mathematics and to create awareness regarding the Society and its activities in the Country, the Society has a scheme of Sponsored Lectures. It provides a token support of Rs.1000/- to a number of Departments / Institutions for organizing popular, semi-technical and technical lectures.
IMS News Letters.
Two News Letters (March & August), in a year, are published by the Society. More detailed information may be obtained by referring to the latest News Letter from the IMS Website.

List of Life Members
The Complete List of the Life Members of the Society is available on the IMS website along with their unique Membership Numbers. Members whose mails have been returned undelivered are marked accordingly with a note in red along with their names on the IMS website.

Society looks forward to their correct addresses.

For any additional information, other links of IMS website be surfed.