
Department Information Mathematics, hailed as the “Queen of Sciences”
by Carl Fredrich Gauss, dreaded by many and loved by an equal number, has progressed rapidly
since the beginning of recorded history. Mikhail B.
Sevryuk noted in January 2006
that “the number of papers and books included in the Mathematical
Reviews database since 1940(the first year of publication of MR) is now more
than 1.9 million and about 75 thousand items are added to the database each
year”. At IIT
Madras, Department of Mathematics was set up in 1960. Abstraction and
application rooted in quantitative reasoning sustain all its activities.
International Collaboration through MOUs signed by the institute aids the
exchange of faculty members and students. Several eminent mathematicians
visit the Department from time to time and collaborate with the faculty
members of the Department. Research monograph brought out by wellknown international
publishers from part of the research output of the members of the faculty.
The Department conducts research in Algebra, Analysis, Computational & Theoretical Fluid
Dynamics, Mathematical Physics, Stochastic Processes, Theoretical Computer
Science and Discrete Mathematics. The
department keeps in pace with the advances in technology, by providing its
students with separate and stateoftheart computer facilities for the M.
Sc/M. Tech. and Ph. D students. The students gain knowledge of various new
areas of research using the free Internet facilities made available in their
labs. The department also has its own library with a large collection of
books on Mathematics and Computer Science. The students get the opportunity of attending
seminars and invited lectures addressed by eminent mathematicians, faculty
members from IIT, professors from other institutes and speakers from other
areas of interest. The department celebrates the birthday of
the great Mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan that falls on December 22^{nd}
by organizing a National Symposium on Mathematical Methods and Applications (NSMMA). In the month
of February, the department gets active with FORAYS, the Math fest, enabling
students of colleges in and around Chennai to exchange views on new trends in
Mathematics and its Applications. 