Mathematics faculty in institutes and universities in the Bhubaneswar area

Earlier we reported on the shortage of Math Ph.D’s in India. Slowly the Bhubaneswar area is emerging as a center for Mathematics starting from mentoring at the high school level (at IMA) to pursuing Ph.D at NISER, IIT, Utkal and Ravenshaw. There is also a good chance that one of the proposed 10 science magnet high schools will be established in this area. (The top Math center in India is Chennai which has IIT Madras, Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Chennai Mathematical Institute.) Below we list Math faculty (mostly with Ph.Ds) in institutes and universities in the Bhubaneswar area.

NISER Bhubaneswar   IIT Bhubaneswar IMA Bhubaneswar
Varadharajan Muruganandam, Associate Professor, Ph.D IIT Kanpur
1 Sabyasachi Pani, Assistant Professor, Ph.D IIT Kharagpur Swadhinananda Pattanayak, Ph.D, Director and Professor
Binod Kumar Sahoo, Assistant Professor, Ph.D ISI
2 Akshay Kumar Ojha, Assistant Professor, Ph.D Utkal
Mahendra Nath Mishra, Ph.D, Professor in Statistics
Brundaban Sahu, Assistant Professor, Ph.D Harish-Chandra Research Institute
3 Abhijit Datta Banik, Assistant Professor, Ph.D IIT Kharagpur
Shishir Kumar Sahoo, Ph.D, Registrar and Reader
Deepak K. Dalai, Assistant Professor, Ph.D ISI
4 Tarakanth Nayak, Assistant Professor, Ph.D IIT Guwahati
Seshadev Pradhan, Lecturer, Ph.D IIT Kharagpur
Kamal Lochan Patra, Assistant Professor, Ph.D IIT Kanpur
5   Sasmita Barik, Lecturer, Ph.D IIT Guwahati
Sanjay Parui, Asssitant Professor, Ph.D ISI
6   Jugal Mohapatra, Lecturer, Ph.D IIT Guwahati
Narahari Parhi, Ph.D, Visiting Professor
7   G. Das, Ph.D, Guest Faculty, formerly from Utkal University
P. C. Das, Ph.D, Visiting Professor, Formerly at IIT Kanpur
8   J. Sarangi, Ph.D, Guest Faculty
  9   A. N. Mohapatra ??, Ph.D Sambalpur
  10   Sraban Mohanty ??, Ph.D IIT Guwahati
Utkal University, Mathematics Dept.   Utkal University, Statistics Dept. Ravenshaw University, Mathematics and Statistics Departments
Salila Dutta, Ph.D, Reader & HOD 1 G. Mishra, Ph.D, Professor & HOD Swapan kumar Ghosh, Ph.D.  Reader
S. Padhy, Ph.D, Professor 2 L. N. Sahoo, Ph.D, Professor Nityananda Senapati, Ph.D. Reader
B. K. Nayak, Ph.D, Professor 3 P. K. Tripathy, Ph.D, Reader Rajani Ballav Dash, Ph.D. Reader
J. Patel, Ph.D, Professor 4 K. B. Panda, Ph.D, Reader Hadibandhu Pattanayak, Ph.D. Reader
Mrs. N. Das, Ph.D, Reader 5 R. K. Sahoo, Ph.D, Lecturer Mrs. Minakshi Dash, M.Sc. Reader
  6   Mrs. Minati Samal, M.Sc. Reader
  7   Sarat Ch. Senapati, M.Phil. Sr. Lecturer, Statistics
  8   Mrs. Swarnalata Mishra, M.Phil, Sr. Lecturer, Statistics
Others   Others Others
Rupaj K Nayak, Ph.D Utkal, Senior Lecturer at IIIT, Bhubaneswar 1 S. P. Mohanty, Ph.D. Utkal, HOD at CET Bhubaneswar.  

Related pointers from the past:

August 4th, 2010

Planning Commission approves Science Magnet Schools; to be implemented soon and then followed by Arts and Culture Magnet Schools

Update: Apparently the MHRD people driving this project have told the HRD minister regarding the origin of the idea behind this proposal and Odisha is in their initial list of locations for one of the 10 schools.

See and for details. Following are excerpts from the Indian Express article.

… a new set of Navodayas will come up as ‘Science Magnet’ schools in collaboration with top-notch R&D institutes like the Indian Institute of Science, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, National Physical Laboratory, Council for Science & Industrial Research, Indian Space Research Organisation and the IITs among others, highly placed sources told The Indian Express. Following them will be special schools focused on culture, music, sports and vocational education.

These specialised schools will, however, only cater to students from classes IX to XII. All other Navodaya schools admit students from Class VI onwards.

Starting this year, the schools will be set up over the next three years and add to the chain of over 560 Navodayas spread across the country. Cleared last week by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti’s Executive Committee headed by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, the proposal is set to go to the Union Cabinet and will take off with 10 Science Magnet Navodayas to start with.

“The whole concept has been developed in view of the huge shortage of Science graduates and post-graduates worldwide. No one wants to do core Science any longer. So planned as a Phase II of the Navodaya expansion, 10 Science Magnet Navodaya schools will be set up at a cost of some Rs 15-20 crore each,” a senior official in the HRD Ministry said. “These will be located in the vicinity of institutes like NPL, BARC, ISRO, IISc etc with whom we will be collaborating. We have already written to these institutes.”

“These institutes will basically do the handholding for the specialised schools, conduct special sessions, help set up state-of-the-art labs, assist in making Science teaching easy, evolve new pedagogical methods and also help to project the basic sciences as attractive options,” added the official. “It is hoped that students will ultimately also plug the vacuum in the scientific community and join their league at these institutes.”

While the course will be based on CBSE curriculum, the admission to these schools will take into account aptitude in Sciences, participation in events like Science Olympiads among other criteria. Admissions to the Navodayas are on the basis of a national-level examination.

We had written about this in and had contacted the SAC-PM, DST, IISER/NISER directors, and MHRD officers about it. We are happy that it is now going to be implemented. Hopefully, one of the 10 schools will be in Odisha.

March 30th, 2010

Math Olympiad Orissa – last date of receiving applications is 15th Nov 2009

1 comment October 25th, 2009

Rs 80,000/year fellowships for science students under INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research)

Update2: The number 80,000 is inconsistent with the earlier announced number of Rs 100,000/year made in

Update: See also for the PM’s speech while launching the INSPIRE program.

Following is from a report in Telegraph.

India’s brightest students who choose to pursue science in college will get Rs 80,000 a year under a government scholarship to draw youngsters to careers in research.

The department of science and technology (DoT) today launched the nation’s largest-ever project to wean high-school students away from dreams of studying engineering or medicine towards BSc and MSc degrees.

Students who rank within 10,000 in the IIT Joint Entrance Examination and within 20,000 in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination but still choose BSc will be eligible for the scholarship, announced earlier this year but formally launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today. Students who clear the central medical entrance exam but opt for BSc will also be eligible.

All students who come within the top 1 per cent both in the 10th and 12th standard exams of central or state boards may also apply for the Scholarship for Higher Education. The department of science expects to offer 10,000 scholarships every year.

Students of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), national science talent scholars and Olympiad medallists will also be eligible.

The scholarship will be available from BSc second year till the students complete their master’s. Students of IISER Pune, Calcutta, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram will receive it this year. So will those of NISER Bhubaneswar.

… The project will also award Rs 5,000 every year to 200,000 students from classes VI to X — picked with help from the schools’ science faculties — for work on a school-level science project. It will provide doctoral fellowships and an assured five-year research career to postgraduate students.

The government will spend Rs 2,100 crore on the scheme in the next three years.

India’s science policy makers have long worried about the migration of meritorious students towards, traditionally, engineering and medicine and, in recent years, management and information technology. “This initiative is important for India from a long-term perspective,” said T. Ramasamy, DoT secretary. “We expect to begin seeing gains from this in about a decade or so from now.”

128 comments December 14th, 2008

Math olympiad examination 2008

October 20th, 2008

Ad (in Samaja) for Math Olympiad conducted by Orissa Mathematical Society and sponsored by DAE

1 comment September 15th, 2007


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