Indian Mathematical Society

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Indian Mathematical Society
HeadquartersPune, Maharashtra, India
D. V. Pai

Indian Mathematical Society (IMS) is the oldest organization in India devoted to the promotion of study and research in mathematics. The Society was founded in April 1907 by V. Ramaswamy Aiyer with its headquarters at Pune. The Society started its activities under the name Analytic Club and the name was soon changed to Indian Mathematical Club. After the adoption of a new constitution in 1910, the society acquired its present name, namely, the Indian Mathematical Society. The first president of the Society was B. Hanumantha Rao.


The Society publishes two periodicals both of which are quarterly:

  • The Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society (JIMS: ISSN 0019-5839)
  • The Mathematics Student (Math Student: ISSN 0025-5742)

The 1911 volume of the Journal contains one of the earliest contributions of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. It was in the form of a set of questions. A fifteen page paper entitled Some properties of Bernoulli Numbers[1][2] contributed by Srinivasa Ramanujan also appeared in the same 1911 volume of the Journal.

The Mathematics Student usually contains the texts of addresses, talks and lectures delivered at the Annual Conferences of the Society, the abstracts of research papers presented at the Annual Conferences, and the Proceedings of the Society's Annual Conferences, as well as research papers, expository and popular articles, and book reviews.

Annual Conferences[edit]

The first Annual Conference of the Society was held at Madras in 1916. The second conference was held at Bombay in 1919. From that time on, a conference was held every two years until 1951 when it was decided to hold the conferences annually. The twenty-fifth Conference was held at Allahabad in 1959 which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

Memorial Award Lectures[edit]

During every Annual Conference, the following Memorial Award Lectures are arranged as a part of the Academic Programme:

  1. P.L. Bhatnagar Memorial Award Lecture (instituted in 1987).[3]
  2. Srinivasa Ramanujan Memorial Award Lecture (instituted in 1990).[4]
  3. V. Ramaswamy Aiyer Memorial Award Lecture (instituted in 1990).[5]
  4. Hansraj Gupta Memorial Award Lecture (instituted in 1990).[6]
  5. Ganesh Prasad Memorial Award Lecture (instituted in 1993 and delivered every alternate year).[7]

IMS Prizes[edit]

Professor A. K. Agarwal Award[edit]

Award of INR 10,000 for the best publication in any journal in the world.[8] The first [9] Professor A. K. Agarwal Award for best publication awarded to Dr. Neena Gupta.

P.L. Bhatnagar Memorial Prize[edit]

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

Prizes for research paper presentations[edit]

The Society holds, during its Annual Conferences, a Special Session of Paper Presentation Competition and Prizes are awarded to the best research paper in various areas. This Special Session is held as a part of the Academic Programme.

  • Six IMS Prizes for papers in the areas of algebra, geometry, topology, functional analysis, differential geometry, discrete mathematics, number theory, operations research, fluid dynamics, biomathematics and computer science.
  • AMU Prize for papers in the areas of algebra, functional analysis and differential geometry.
  • V.M. Shah Prize for papers in analysis.

Council of the Society[edit]

The Indian Mathematical Society is governed by a Council. The Council includes nine office bearers of the Society.

The Council of the Indian Mathematical Society, 2014 - 2015

Sl. No. Office Name Affiliation
1 President S. G. Dani Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
2 Immediate Past President Geetha S. Rao Ramanujan Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Chennai
3 General Secretary N. K. Thakare Savitribai Phule Pune University
4 Academic Secretary M. M. Shikare Savitribai Phule Pune University
5 Administrative Secretary M. M. Shikare Savitribai Phule Pune University
6 Treasurer S.K. Nimbhorkar Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada University, Aurangabad
7 Editor (The Journal of IMS) Satya Deo Harish-Chandra Research Institute
8 Editor (The Mathematics Student) J.R. Patadia Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
9 Librarian Premalatha Kumaresan Ramanujan Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Chennai

Presidents of IMS[edit]

1907 – 1949[edit]

1907-12 B. Hanumantha Rao
1912-15 R. N. Apte
1915-15 E. W. Middlemast
1915-17 R. Ramachandra Rao
1917-21 A. C. L. Wilkinson
1921-26 Hoon Balakram
1926-30 V. Ramaswamy Aiyer
1930-32 M. T. Naraniengar
1932-34 P. V. Seshu Iyer
1934-36 H. G. Gharpure
1936-40 R. P. Paranjpe
1940-42 Ramaswamy S. Vaidyanathaswamy
1942-47 Friedrich Wilhelm Levi
1947-49 M. R. Siddiqui

1949 – 1975[edit]

1949-51 A. Narasinga Rao
1951-53 T. Vijayraghavan
1953-57 Ram Behar
1957-59 V. Ganapathy Iyer
1959-60 B. S. Madhav Rao
1960-61 B. N. Prasad
1961-62 B. S. Madhav Rao
1962-63 C. N. Srinivasienger
1963-64 Hansraj Gupta
1964-66 Prabhu Lal Bhatnagar
1966-68 R. S. Verma
1968-69 Prabhu Lal Bhatnagar
1969-70 Ram Prakash Bambah
1970-71 M. Venkatraman
1971-73 J. N. Kapoor
1973-74 K. G. Ramanathan
1974-75 V. Krishnamurthy

1975 – 2000[edit]

1975-77 P. C. Vaidya
1977-79 U. N. Singh
1979-81 K. Venkatchelienger
1981-82 Vishnu Vasudev Narlikar
1982-84 R. S. Mishra
1984-85 R. P. Agarwal
1985-86 S. D. Chopra
1986-87 H. C. Khare
1987-88 V. Singh
1988-89 M. K. Singal
1989-90 M. P. Singh
1990-91 V. M. Shah
1991-92 D. K. Sinha
1992-93 V. Kannan
1993-94 U. P. Singh
1994-95 H. P. Dixit
1995-96 N. K. Thakare
1996-97 S. Bhargava
1997-98 A. R. Singal
1998-99 B. K. Lahiri
1999-00 Anadi Sankar Gupta

2000 – 2015[edit]

2000-01 Satya Deo
2001-02 P. V. Arunachalam
2002-03 M. A. Pathan
2003-04 Thiruvenkatachari Parthasarathy
2004-05 T. Thrivikraman
2005-06 Sarvajit Singh
2006-07 Inder Bir Singh Passi
2007-08 Ravindra Bapat
2008-09 A. K. Agarwal
2009-10 Peeyush Chandra
2010-11 R. Sridharan
2011-12 UNKNOWN
2012-13 UNKNOWN
2013-14 Geetha S. Rao
2014-15 S. G. Dani

2015 – 2030[edit]

2015-16 D. V. Pai

List of other mathematical societies in India[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ramanujan, S. "Some properties of Bernoulli's numbers". Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  2. ^ S. Ramanujan, Some properties of Bernoulli's numbers, J. Indian Math. Soc., (1911), vol. 3, p. 219-234
  3. ^ "Professor P. L. Bhatnagar". Indian Mathematical Society. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Srinivasa Ramanujan". Indian Mathematical Society. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  5. ^ M. T. Naranienger. "V. Ramaswamy Aiyer : The Founder of IMS". Indian Mathematical Society. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Professor Hansa Raj Gupta". Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Ganesh Prasad : (1876 - 1935)". Indian Mathematical Society. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Terms and conditions for Prof. A. K. Agarwal award" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Awards and Honours". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2013-07-01.

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