News Letter

Congratulations

The C.R. Rao Advanced Institute for Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (AIMSCS) has great pleasure in congratulating S.R.S. Varadhan, Professor of Mathematics and Frank J. Gould Professor of Science at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences for the prestigious Abel Prize in Mathematics awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. The citation of the award refers to Varadhan’s fundamental contributions to probability theory and, in particular, to creating a unified theory of large deviations as having “great conceptual strength and ageless beauty.”

A short biography on the Abel Prize website refers to his academic career at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), “where he received his Ph.D. with C.R. Rao, the distinguished statistician, as his thesis advisor”. For more information, please go to http://www.abelprisen.no/en/.

Foundation Stone Ceremony

The foundation stone for the building of the Institute was laid by Padma Vibhushan Dr. C. Rangarajan, Economics Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, on February 20, 2007 at the campus of the University of Hyderabad (UH). The mission of the institute is to disseminate advances made in mathematical sciences by conducting workshops, international and national conferences, and short courses on newly emerging areas of science and technology, guiding Ph.D. students and providing consultancy services to research workers in other disciplines and to government and industrial organizations. The institute will endeavor to work in cutting edge areas of mathematics, statistics, and computer science and provide a forum for national and international experts in different areas to meet and discuss problems of mutual interest. Also of note, the Institute has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with UH and Punjab Technical University for collaboration in educational and research activities. On the occasion of the ceremony, messages of goodwill and congratulations were received from the Presidents of India and the US, the Prime Minister of India, and the President of the International Indian Statistical Association. The vision document of AIMSCS giving details of the proposed activities in the next five years was released.

Building and Construction

The Vice Chancellor of UH, Dr. Syed E. Hasnain, has generously offered five acres of land on the UH campus for construction of the Institute. In addition, office accommodations have been made available on the campus for the Institute’s use until construction is complete so that activities may commence immediately. Plans are underway for blueprints of the building and museum, and construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2007.

BLeadership

Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman of the Council of AIMSCS, Dr. V.K. Saraswat, President of the Governing Body of AIMSCS, Dr. S.E. Hasnain, Vice Chancellor of HU, Dr. S. B. Rao, Acting Director of AIMSCS, Dr. T.Krishnakumar and Dr. U. Yugandar, Members of the Governing Body of AIMSCS, have provided remarkable leadership by organizing the foundation stone ceremony, and planning for fund raising and future activities of the Institute. Dr. S.B. Rao, the renowned scholar in discrete mathematics and former director of ISI with excellent administration abilities, has been appointed as Honorary Director of AIMSCS. He will assume full directorship by the end of 2007.

Activities of the Institute

The Vice Chancellor of UH inaugurated the lecture series, “Past, Present, and Future of Statistics” on Feb. 20, 2007, jointly organized by UH, AIMSCS, and Indian Statistical Institute , with support from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Lectures were delivered by C.R. Rao, K.G. Murty of University of Michigan, and J. Sethuraman of Florida
State University. Plans have been initiated to conduct a workshop and organize an international conference on Bioinformatics
in December 2007 in collaboration with UH. The Governing Body of the Institute has applied to government and industrial organizations for funds, and it is hoped that by the end of the year, 2007, heads of various divisions will be appointed in addition
to post-doctoral fellows and supporting staff.

Donations

We gratefully acknowledge donations received up to the end of 2006 in the US:

Endowments (in US dollars)

Naming the Auditorium $100,000 donated by T.R. Rao of Market Probe
Naming the Museum $50,000 donated by Bhargavi Rao (pledged $ 25000)

Donations
Benefactor: N.Balakrishnan, G.M. Naidu, and V. Kantiprasad (pledged $5,000)
Patron Nandini Kannan
Donor M.B. Rao, Tejaswini Rao, Aruna & David Spenser, R. Chilakamarri, J.N. Srivastava, Tom Kailath, V.R. Thummala, Babu Vadlamudi, A.V. Krishna, Y.V. Reddy, S.R.S. Varadhan, D.C. Rao, S. Peddada, J.S. Rao, Jagdish Chandra, and U.S.R. Murty
Sponsor D. Naik, Ranjit & Sarojini Laha, J. Sunil Rao, Srinivas Mitta, P.K. Pathak, L. Hegde, and H. Nagaraja
Supporter K.G. Murty, M. Ratnaparki, S. Kodali, M.M. Desu, N. Singpurwala, S. Perla, T. Subba Rao, K. Mukherjee, N. Ravishankar, Cyrus Mehta, Tapan Nayak, K. Koti, Indrani Mukherjee, Debjani Mukherjee, H. Gurramkonda, J.K. Ghosh, S. Akbari, A.K. Pilly, S.G. Naidu, Sharmila & B. Williams, R. Khattree, K.S. Krishnan, Dipak Dey, Surabi Shah, and Thomas Walker
Donations: We have information on donations made in India by Amar Raja, Sakuntala Patnaik, Gopal Patnaik, Urmila Pingle, and B.R. Panesar