Here I want to share my views regarding various options available for a student to study Mathematics as a field of research, right from undergraduate level.

Also please note that all views I express here are my personal and are based on the assumption that you LOVE mathematics from the core of your heart [just like Paul Erdos, Srinivasa Ramanujan …..]

Also, there is are two beautiful articles on this topic:

  1. For a career in mathematics (The Hindu, 2011) by Prof. S. Kesavan (IMSc, Chennai)
  2. Pursuing Mathematics in India (Resonance, 2012) by Prof. B V Rajarama Bhat (ISI, Bangalore Centre) and Prof. K B Athreya (Iowa State University, USA)

There are also yearly compilations by various institutes of India regarding “Mathematical Olympiad  & other scholarships, research programmes” by Dr. A. Vijayakumar  [Regional Coordinator, INMO, Professor & Head Department of Mathematics, Cochin University of Science and Technology]

Year : 2008-09 | 2011-12 | 2012-13 | 2014-152016-17 |

List of Institutes for Students Interested in Mathematics 

  • Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai
  • Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune
  • Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali
  • Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhopal
  • Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Tirupati
  • National Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhubaneswar (part of “Homi Bhabha National Institute”)
    Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata
  • Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Berhampur
  • Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (University of Mumbai & Department of Atomic Energy), Mumbai
  • School of Mathematics & Statistics (University of Hyderabad), Hyderabad
  • Institute of Mathematics & Applications, Bhubaneswar (part of “Utkal University”)
  • Integrated Science Education and Research Centre (Visva-Bharati University), Shantiniketan
  • Ramanujan School of Mathematical Sciences (Pondicherry University), Pondicherry

There are many regional good colleges like St. Stephen’s College (New Delhi), Presidency College (Kolkata), Loyola College (Chennai), …

I didn’t include various reputed colleges like Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur, … since their course structure is inclined towards applied aspects of mathematics which I am not interested in.  Moreover, Govt. of India releases official ranking of colleges here:

My opinions were influenced by e-mails exchanged  with some awesome people, so I want to convey special thanks to them

  • Sai Krishna Deep (CMI)
  • Siddarth (CMI & ISI, Bang)
  • Mayank Singh (Physics @ CBS)
  • Sahil Joshi (Maths @ CBS)
  • Karan Kathuria (Maths @ CBS)
  • Mahesh Gandikota (Physics @ NISER)
  •  Prajakta Purushottam Bedekar (Maths @ NISER)
  • Jyotiraditya Singh (Maths @ NISER)
  • Pawandeep Singh (Maths @ ISERC)
  • Tattwamasi Amrutam (IMA)
  • Sourav Adhikari (IMA)

[Last Edited: 18 December 2018]

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