The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) was set up by the Government of India under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to foster the development of higher mathematics in the country. The objectives of the board are: to promote the growth of higher mathematics in the country; and to coordinate activities for the development of mathematics.
It has six sub-committees; viz. the Research Programmes Committee, the University Programmes Committee, the Mathematics Olympiad Programmes Committee, Nurture Programmes Committee, Examinations Committee and Library Grants Committee. They consider proposals, throughout the year, for financial support for varied mathematical activities, from institutions and individuals. Decisions of NBHM are based on the recommendations of these committees.
NBHM normally provides financial support only to Indian nationals and institutions. Currently NBHM grants postdoctoral fellowships, Ph. D. scholarships, M.A./M.Sc. scholarships for research/education in mathematics. NBHM provides financial support to the Mathematics Olympiad activity, run in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, for students at the junior college/high school level. NBHM provides financial support for holding conferences/seminars/workshops and instructional schools. Granting financial support to libraries of mathematics departments of universities and research institutions in the country is one of the major activities of NBHM.
Every year, NBHM offers postdoctoral fellowships to selected young mathematicians who have completed their Ph.D. degree in mathematics. The postdoctoral fellowships (PDF) are intended for mathematicians below the age of 35 who have a doctoral degree or equivalent published research work. Persons who have submitted their dissertations for a Ph.D. degree are also eligible to apply.
The postdoctoral fellowship consists of:
Rs. 32,000/- per month for those who have submitted PhD thesis and yet to receive their official degree.
Rs 36000/- per month for fresh PDF with Ph.D degree,
Rs 38000/- per month for PDF with Ph.D degree & one year experience and
Rs 40000/- per month for PDF with Ph.D degree & two or more years experience
and a contingency grant of Rs. 32,000/- (Rs. Thirty-two Thousand only) per year.
The fellowship is tenable for two years in the first instance, and is extendable for a third year after a review by NBHM. Years are to be counted from the date of joining. The fellowship normally commences from 1st of a calendar month.
Students possessing Master’s degree in mathematics, physics or statistics and wishing to take up research work in any branch of mathematics (including mathematical statistics and mathematical physics) leading to a Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. scholarships awarded by NBHM.
Applications are invited through advertisements in leading national newspapers normally during the month of November every year. The scholar is expected to do research work under an approved guide in an institution/university of his/her choice. Prior to joining an institution for doing research, the scholar is given a choice of joining some select institutions to take courses in mathematics, which will be helpful in a proper understanding of mathematics and consequently resulting in good research.
Attractive scholarships have been instituted for outstanding students with an aptitude for research, studying for the Masters Degree in Mathematics or Statistics. The selection for awarding these scholarships is done on the basis of written tests/interviews. Advertisements inviting application for these scholarships normally appear in July in leading newspapers. Copies of the advertisement are also sent to several university departments of mathematics in the country. The amount of the scholarship is Rs. 6000/- (Rs. Six Thousand only) per month.
NBHM provides scholarships for undergraduate studies at some select institutions. Further details will be available at this site when there are openings.
Mathematics Training and Talent Search Programme
This programme was started In order to improve the level of Ph.D. aspirants.
The aims of this programme are as follows:
1. To teach mathematics in an interactive way rather than the usual passive presentation. To promote active learning, the teachers usually ask questions and try to develop the theory based on the answers and typical examples. At every level the participants are encouraged to explore, guess and formulate definitions and results.
2. To promote independent thinking in mathematics.
3. To provide a platform for the talented students so that they can interact with their peers and experts in the field. This serves two purposes: i) the participants come to know where they stand academically and what they have to do to bring out their full potential and ii) they establish a rapport with other participants and teachers which help them shape their career in mathematics.
Every year the faculty of the IMO training camp selects about 20 students of class XII, from the senior batch who have shown a special interest in mathematics for participation in the Nurture Programme of NBHM. Any of these students formally pursuing mathematics at the undergraduate level (B.A./B. Sc or an integrated M.A./M.S. course) is entitled to a scholarship of Rs. 2500/- (Rs. Two Thousand Five Hundred only) per month from NBHM. Selected students may participate in the nurture programme even if they choose not to pursue a formal programme in mathematics at the undergraduate level.
The nurture programme is of four-year duration. Each batch of students is assigned to a faculty of active research mathematicians. The faculty devises a syllabus for the students for each academic year and also guides them with proper references. The faculty also keeps in touch with the students through post. At the end of a year the students are called for a contact programme with the faculty for three to four weeks. During this period the faculty arranges lectures on diverse topics and clears specific difficulties of the students. In addition, they are given tests to assess their progress. Based on the performance of the student the faculty decides on whether the student should/should not continue in the programme. In case of the students who are not pursuing a formal undergraduate programme in mathematics the faculty also recommends whether the student can be offered an annual scholarship of Rs.15,000/-(Rs. Fifteen Thousand Only) in the next year. After the completion of four years in the programme the students are awarded certificates. It is envisaged that the mathematical scholarship of these students will be on par with or superior to that of most M.Sc. (Mathematics) degree holders in the country.
The Mathematics Olympiad is conducted by NBHM in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. One main purpose of this activity is to support mathematical talent among high school students in the country. NBHM has taken on the responsibility for selecting and training the Indian team for participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad every year. While NBHM coordinates and supports Mathematics Olympiad contests all over the country, regional bodies, mostly voluntary, play an important role at different stages. For the purpose of administering Mathematics Olympiad contests, the country has been divided in 16 regions. A regional coordinator is responsible for conducting these tests in each region
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