Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar

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Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar
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Nationality Indian
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Chennai Mathematical Institute
Alma mater Indian Statistical Institute, University of Indore
Doctoral advisor B. V. Rao
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award

Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar (born 1956) [1] is an eminent Indian mathematician, statistician and psephologist. He is the director of Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai since 2010.

Degrees and posts held[edit]

He received his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Holkar Science College, University of Indore, Indore in June, 1976 and his M.Stat. from Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta in July, 1978. He worked under the guidance of B. V. Rao in the field of stochastic processes to obtain his PhD degree from ISI, Calcutta in December, 1981. He went for his Postdoctoral research to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to work under Gopinath Kallianpur. He spent three years as a Visiting Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi in 1984 as an Associate Professor. He became a full professor in 1989. In 2006, he moved to Cranes Software International Limited as Executive Vice President - Analytics. He moved to Chennai Mathematical Institute in 2010.


The research interests of R L Karandikar include several areas of probability theory, option pricing theory, psephology in the context of Indian elections and cryptography among many others.[2]

Other activities[edit]

Karandikar has conducted opinion polls for Indian Parliamentary elections and state assembly polls for Doordarshan, TV Today, Network 18, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, etc. He has also conducted training programmes on Stochastic Calculus for ICICI Bank and other financial organisations. He served as the Executive Vice President for Cranes Software International Limited from 2006 to 2010.[3]