Year of Establishment : 1912
History of the department : Since its inception in 1912, the Department of Pure Mathematics has always been a Department of appreciation by its quality of teaching and level of research. A galaxy of Mathematicians has adorned the Department all the time; men like Prof. Young, Prof. Forsyth, Prof. Ganesh Prasad, Prof. S. D. Mukherjee, Prof. F. W. Levi and many others enhanced the prestige of the Department by their valuable teaching and research. It is interesting to note that the first lecturer appointed by the University for teaching Mathematics was Mr. C. Little for 1907 1909; in fact for a long time appointments in the University was on contract basis. Next to Mr. Little was Mr. D. N. Mallick for 1908 and 1909 respectively for teaching both Mathematics and Physics; the first reader for teaching Mathematics was Mr. C. E. Cullis who was given appointment for 1909 and 1910. It is interesting again to note that the first two posts of Professors were created in 1912 one for Mathematics and another for Indian History and Antiquities; at that time the Governor of West Bengal was Lord Hardinge who was himself a distinguished graduate of Mathematics which is why the first Professorship of Mathematics was named Hardinge Professor of Higher Mathematics; this chair was first offered, for a period of three years, to Prof. M. Frechet whose researches in the field of Pure Mathematics still astound us; unfortunately, for some unavoidable circumstances, Prof. Frechet could not join; but he was kind enough to recommend Dr. W. H. Young, Lecturer of Higher Analysis at the University of Liverpool and sometimes Fellow of Peter House, Cambridge for the said Professorship. Thus the first Hardinge Professor of Higher Mathematics, to be associated with the Department of Pure Mathematics was Dr. W. H. Young; the name Department of Pure Mathematics came in 1912 and the Department was blessed with the leadership of a man like Prof. Young whose researches have enriched the field of Analysis and many of his theorems go without any name in the current books of the said subject.
The first Indian teacher of Pure Mathematics with International accolades was Prof. S. D.Mukherjee whose works in Geometry derive appreciation even now. The Department of Pure Mathematics can boast of its predecessors who have set up such a qualitative pattern that the progeny feels inspired. The Department feels pride for the Geometers, like Dr. S. D. Mukherjee, Dr. R. N. Sen, Dr. M. C. Chaki and others; Analysts, like Dr. W. H. Young, Dr. Ganesh Prasad, Dr. Haridas Bagchi, Dr. H. M. Sengupta, Dr. N. C. Bose Majumdar, Dr. P. L. Ganguly and others; Algebraists like Dr. F. W. Levi, Dr. R. C. Bose, Dr. S. S. Pillai, Dr. B. C. Chatterjee, Dr. A. C. Chowdhury, Dr. S. P. Bandyopadhyay and other luminaries in the field of other branches of Mathematics as well.
Along with the vigorous activity in research, the Department does also excel in teaching for almost a century; the Department can live up to the expectations of serious students all the time and in all the days to come. The department has gradually developed a culture of exchanging mathematical ideas through organizing seminars as well as continuous interaction among the faculty members, research scholars and students. The departments regular curriculum includes special interactive classes for preparing the students to take various competitive examinations. These interactions certainly enhance their ability for solving problems and make them more confident to bag awards and honours at ease. We proudly announce that our initiative is being rewarded every year by the growing trend of success and the consistent academic achievements of our students. The achievements include
- qualifying for Fellowship and/or Lectureship in CSIR-UGC NET, GATE, NBHM;
- securing admission in various elite institutes of our country for pursuing higher studies, such as, IISc, IISER, IIT, ISI, etc.;
- success in job exams and interviews.
Departmental Journal :
A research journal of the department Journal of Pure Mathematics with ISSN 2277-355X is being published annually by the University of Calcutta for a pretty long time; the 1st volume was published in 1981 and the latest volume is numbered 31. The Editorial Board of the Journal is a conglomeration of reputed mathematicians, and many applauded articles have so far been published during the last 35 years or so. The department is now in the process of converting the journal to an electronic one with online system for submission and reviewing process.
Departmental Library :
- The departmental library is a very old one --- having a history of more than a century. The stalwarts who headed the department since 1912 spared no pains to collect the contemporary books of mathematics available in the international market at that time.
- As days have passed on, the library has been enriched continuously and gradually. In addition to the help of the University, we are getting the valuable help from NBHM (National Board of Higher Mathematics) every year.
- Finally it can be remarked that the library is a rich one, can be utilized by researchers having interest in multivarious directions.
Teaching support & Facilities :
Department has well equipped Seminar Room & e-Class Room with Digital Interactive Smart Board, audio-visual aid and computers. The Department has two well equipped computer laboratories with a number of PCs hosting several software packages, and linked through a Local Area Network (LAN). Internet services (both LAN and Wi-Fi) are available to the students, research scholars and faculties.
A Curriculum Development Cell functioning within the department is very active in organizing different programs for the students within our regular curriculum, such as programs for developing e-learning skills, tutorials and interactive sessions for the preparation of different competitive examinations, job awareness program, career counselling etc.
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the department :
- General Topology & Fuzzy Topology
- Rings of Continuous Functions
- Functional Analysis
- Topological Algebraic Structures
- Differential Geometry of Manifolds and Theory of Relativity
- Graph Theory & Combinatorics
- Algebraic Graph Theory
- Cryptography, Cryptanalysis, DNA-Cryptography, Combinatorial Design
- Harmonic Analysis
- Semigroup and Semiring theory
Campus : Tarak Nath Palit Shiskha Prangan (Ballygunge Science College)
Address for communication :
Department of Pure Mathematics
University of Calcutta, (7th Floor)
35, Ballygunge Circular Road
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