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Centre for Mathematical Sciences India (CMS)
Communicated by Hans J. Haubold, Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations, Vienna, Austria
Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) was established in 1977 and registered in Trivandrum, Kerala, India as a non-profit scientific society and a research and training centre covering all aspects of Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Physics, Computer and Information Sciences. Since 1977 CMS had executed a large number of research and training projects for various central and State governmental agencies.
CMS has a Publications Series (books, proceedings, collections of research papers, lecture notes etc; current number is 36), a Newsletter of two issues per year (current number is Volume 11, Number 1, 2008), a Modules Series (self-study books on basic topics; current number is 6) and a Mathematical Sciences for the General Public Series (current number is 2). The latest book from CMS is: A.M. Mathai and H.J. Haubold (2008), Special Functions for Applied Scientists, Springer, New York.
In 2002 CMS Pala Campus was established in a one-floor finished building donated to CMS by the Diocese of Palai in Kerala, India. In 2006, Hill Area Campus of CMS was established. The office, CMS library and most of the facilities are at CMS Pala Campus. The other campuses, namely, the South Campus (or Trivandrum campus) and the Hill Area Campus have occasional activities and libraries are being developed at South and Hill Area campuses also.
Starting from 1985, Professor Dr. A.M. Mathai of McGill University, Canada is the Director of CMS. After taking early retirement in 2000, Professor Mathai is spending most of time at CMS and directing various CMS activities in an honorary capacity. CMS library is being built up by using the books and journals donated by Professor Mathai’s colleagues, friends and well-wishers in Canada and USA. CMS has the best library in Kerala, India, in mathematical sciences.
In 2006-2007 the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (DST) gave a development grant to CMS. Thus, starting from December 2006 CMS is being developed as a DST Centre for Mathematical Sciences. DST has similar centres at three other locations in India.
From 1977 to 2006 CMS activities are carried out by a group of researchers in Kerala, mostly retired professors, through voluntary service. Starting from 2007, DST created full time salaried positions of three Assistant Professors, one Full Professor and one Liaison Officer. They are at CMS Pala Campus. DST approved up to 15 junior research fellows (JRF) and one senior research fellow (SRF). They are the current PhD students at CMS Pala Campus. They will receive their PhD degrees from Mahatma Gandhi University (MG University) in due course, after fulfilling the residence requirement of three years. All the JRFs and SRF have got papers accepted/published in international refereed journals within one and a half years.
CMS conducts a five-week research orientation course called SERC Schools every year. The main theme for the first sequence of five schools was Special Functions and Functions of Matrix Argument and Their Applications. The theme for the second sequence of five schools is multivariable and matrix variable calculus, statistical distributions and model building. The second school in the second sequence will run in 2009 from 20th April to 22nd May 2009 at CMS Pala Campus. The total number of seats in each School is 30. International participation is allowed provided the candidates come with their own return air tickets and give an undertaking to attend all lectures, all problem-solving sessions and take all examinations (usually one examination in each week, thus five written examinations and one quiz). The local hospitality and study materials are given free of charge by CMS. All expenses are paid by DST for the nationally selected 30 participants in each School.
CMS has another activity at the undergraduate level. There are four courses in each year covering all undergraduate mathematics. Thirty motivated students are selected by CMS from among the names recommended by the college Principals in Kerala. Each course is of 10-days duration of around 40 hours of lectures and 40 hours of problem-solving sessions. Again, all expenses of the selected participants are met by DST. Apart from these two regular activities there are lecture series of 3 days and 6 days duration by international visiting faculty.
Visitors’ program
There are three categories of visitors: Distinguished international visitors, distinguished national visitors, faculty and students from other institutions, colleges and universities in India. There is no provision to pay for international air tickets of the visitors. For all visitors, their local hospitality is provided free of charge by CMS. Those who wish to visit CMS Pala Campus need to write to the Director of CMS, giving the approximate dates and time that they would like to visit. The Director will then issue a formal invitation as per the availability of local accommodation.
Apart from the academic atmosphere at CMS, the visitors will enjoy the natural beauty all around. Pala (Palai) is situated in the heartland of agricultural activities and it is the epicenter of the spices growing region of India. Palai area grows black/white pepper, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, cardamom, clove, coco, vanilla, cinnamon etc besides the cash crops such as coffee, tea, rubber, coconut and arecanut. The spices from here attracted the Arabs and then the Europeans to India.
The following are the contact numbers and address of CMS: E-mail [ mathai@math.mcgill.ca; cmspala@gmail.com]; Website: www.cmsintl.org ; Phone/fax: 91+ 4822 216317 (04822 216 317 from within India); Postal address: Centre for Mathematical Sciences Pala Campus, Arunapuram P.O., Pala, Kerala-686574, India.
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