It was indeed a historic occasion for SASTRA when the President of India, His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam honoured us with a visit to the Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre, Kumbakonam on 20th December, 2003. Dr. Abdul Kalam dedicated to the nation the Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre (SRC) and also the house where Srinivasa Ramanujan lived in Kumbakonam as an International Monument. His Excellency also inaugurated the International Conference on Number Theory for Secure Communications. I take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank the Rashtrapathi and the distinguished visitors,
Prof. V.S. Ramamurthy, Prof. V.N. Rajasekaran Pillai, Dr. M.S. Vijayaraghavan, Dr. Y.S. Rajan , Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai and others.
With the creation of a chair in Mathematics by the Dept. of Science and Technology at SRC and another by the City Union Bank Ltd., the SRC is poised to become an International Research Centre in advanced mathematics.
I wish to endorse the view of Prof. Alladi Ramakrishna that 'the output of creative work in our country is not commensurate with the size of the intellectual community in our universities, the investment by Govt. in scientific development and the efforts at research in our advanced centres of learning'. The researchers in our universities should not stop with acquiring a doctoral degree, rather they should see that their findings are useful to the scientific and technological developments of the nation and to the world. With this end in view SASTRA has been offering many incentives to the researchers in this university.
SASTRA has created history in signing a challenging MoU with the drugs and pharmaceuticals Division of DST. To standardize a Siddha medicine for the benefit of the public.
I wish all the readers of the ITIHAS a very happy and
prosperous New Year 2004.
Prof. R. SETHURAMAN
PRESIDENT OF INDIA DEDICATES
SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN CENTRE.
The President of India, His Excellency Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam dedicated the Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre (SRC) and the Srinivasa Ramanujan International Monument (the house in which Ramanujan lived in Kumbakonam) established by SASTRA at a cost of Rs.14 Crores on 20th December, 2003.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam lighting the traditional lamp
The President also inaugurated the International Conference on "Number Theory for Secure Communications". Dr. Abdul Kalam suggested an action plan to implement a national mission for nurturing mathematics. This includes the formation of a Ramanujan Foundation with a corpus fund of Rs.100 crores. The foundation should conduct
biannual international meets on the advancement of mathematics and also spot young talent to encourage them to pursue mathematics. Organisations such as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research might set apart a certain fund annually on a long-term basis for promising young mathematicians to pursue their studies at a place of their choice.