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Thapar University Hosts International Conference on Mathematical Applications in Engineering

Oct 16, 2014   18:30 IST 
Patiala, Punjab, India

More than 150 delegates from all over India and abroad participating.


Activities at the conference interactive in nature, involving sessions like plenary lectures, invited talks and presentation of papers covering a wide range of topics on special functions in both pure and applied mathematics.


The conference will immensely benefit not only participants, but also researchers, faculty members and students.


With an aim of providing a common platform for the exchange of ideas and latest developments in the field of mathematical applications in engineering disciplines, Thapar University, Patiala is hosting the 13th annual International Conference on Special Functions and their Applications (ICSFA), in which more than 150 delegates from all over India and abroad are participating.


The three-day conference and symposium on applications of mathematics to engineering sciences, which began hereon Thursday, is being organised by Thapar University’s School of Mathematics and Computer Applications in association with the Society for Special Functions and their Applications (SSFA).


While Prof AM Mathai, Director, Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Peechi Campus, Kerala, and Emeritus Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, Canada, is the guest of honour at the conference, other prominent delegates taking part include Prof AK Agarwal of the Centre for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Emeritus Scientist, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof MA Pathan, former Chairman, Department of Mathematics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, and Prof VP Saxena, former Vice-Chancellor, Jiwaji University, Gwalior.


“It is a matter of great pride for us to host such a prestigious conference. It reflects the expertise of Thapar University’s School of Mathematics and Computer Applications in developing mathematical tools that are suited to the needs of science and engineering-based industries. The School, which has 40 highly qualified faculty members from the research background, has handled sponsored research projects worth Rs 1.51 crore. The research being conducted by the School has won recognition in the form of 325 publications in referred journals over the past five years. I am sure that this conference will immensely benefit not only the participants, but also researchers, faculty members and students of Thapar University,” said Thapar University Director Prof Prakash Gopalan.


The activities at the conference are interactive in nature, involving sessions like plenary lectures, invited talks and presentation of papers covering a wide range of mathematical tools like orthogonal polynomials, fractional calculus, combinatorics and q-theory.


Towards the end of the conference, the AK Agarwal Prize for Best Publication of the Year will be awarded to a mathematician below 45 years of age, who is working at an Indian university/institute, for a paper published or accepted in the previous year of the conference in areas influenced by the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. The Aruna Gupta Prize and MI Qureshi Prize for Best Paper Presentation will be given to an Indian mathematician below 35 years of age.


About Thapar University:

Thapar University, founded in 1956, is housed in a 250-acre campus in Patiala, Punjab. In 1985, it was awarded the status of a deemed university, and from then on took a quantum jump with focus on research and development, along with the need to adapt to the changing needs of the industry and the delivery of state-of-the-art technical and engineering education in India. In 2007, the LM Thapar School of Management was inaugurated. It has evolved over the years to provide management education conducive to the dynamic business environment.


Thapar University is committed to developing high quality, professionally groomed technical and engineering manpower possessing multifaceted personality with respect for professional and social ethics, national values and the spirit of human emancipation. Thapar University believes in providing opportunities to students to broaden their horizons and develop cross-cultural perspectives enabling them to engage in the adventure of learning and discovery.


Since its inception, nearly 16,000 students have graduated from the university and proceeded to achieve greater heights in their professional careers. The alumni have excelled in varied fields such as business and industry, administrative and regulatory services, research and education and social and human rights organizations. Thapar University is committed to contributing to the country’s progress in the field of higher education. The students from Thapar University have found top placements in India and abroad. World-renowned companies include Google Inc., Adobe, Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, D C Shaw, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, UOP Ltd. L&T, Fidelity Investments, Deloitte, Nomura Software, etc visit the university on a regular basis.


Thapar University has created new synergies and enabled opportunities for exchange, dual-degree programmes with overseas universities and established research centres and industrial corporations. Some of the international universities with tie-ups with Thapar University include University of Waterloo, Canada, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Rose Bruford College for Theatre and Performance, University De Aveiro (UA), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, ISA Group Lille, France, Brown University, USA. Both reputed Indian and international companies are associated with Thapar University for research as well as faculty exchange programmes. These include Intel, Microsoft, Wipro, and Sun, to name a few. Thapar University also has collaborations with various government organizations, including Department of Information Technology, Government of India, Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Chandigarh, Institute for Himalayan Biotechnology, Palampur, and Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun.


Thapar University is also engaged in quality research and consultancy activities. During the last five years, the faculty has published over 2,000 research papers in peer reviewed impact factors journals. In 2012, Thapar University published 316 SCI journal papers. These papers have been cited worldwide and are comparable with the top Indian universities. The faculty has filed 12 patents and the university has 119 ongoing projects with grants of Rs 25.72 crore.


Thapar University is ranked amongst the best worldwide. It is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the UGC as “A” grade among all Indian universities. All its undergraduate programmes are accredited by the National Board of Accreditation. It emerged as the only institution north of Delhi to figure in the list of top 20 technical universities released by The Week for 2014 by bagging the 16th position. While Thapar University secured the 22nd rank in the India Today survey, it was rated as 3rd in the category of Top Engineering Colleges of Super Excellence in the Global Human Resource Development Centre-Competition Success Review Engineering College Survey for 2014. Furthermore, the university secured the 21st rank in the engineering category in the 2014 Outlook-Drshti Survey, which has also adjudged the university as India’s 6th best private engineering college and the 7th best overall in terms of student-faculty ratio.


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