The Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) has a unique structure combining education and research. It has achieved success and recognition for the quality of its products. CMI, now on its 27th year, has been evolving among the finest institutes for teaching and research in mathematics, computer science and physics. The institute focuses on application-oriented research in analytics, computer science and physics.
The digital world demands people with algorithmic mind and mathematical skills to analyse the voluminous data to results. With the natural instinct of Indians for maths, mathematical research can bring to India leadership in science and technology. AlgoLab has been set up to ensure industry-academic collaboration. Research in mathematics gives the quickest and the highest return on investment compared to research-spend in other streams like physics and biology.
CMI has attracted talent from far and wide. Around 200 students pursue undergrad, graduate and doctoral studies in mathematics and allied sciences. It has been unique in offering a national under-graduate programme in mathematical science. The initial three-year course in mathematics and computer science leading to a B.Sc (Honours) degree attracts wide interest. The programme underwent expansion for the last 18 years to offer a UG programme in physics and two-year PG courses. From 2012 the UG programs have been re-structured as B.Sc Mathematics and Physics and B.Sc Mathematics and Computer Science. Since 2014, PG courses on applications of mathematics have been offered.
CMI, founded and nurtured by A C Muthiah (SPIC) has evolved as a premier institution with liberal support by Shriram Group’s R Thyagarajan who has bequeathed around Rs 15 crore of his own funds and those of his close associates. The Cognizant’s Lakshmi Narayanan who had joined CMI as a trustee is further expanding the corpus. Infosys has provided Rs 33 crore towards this corpus.
The renowned mathematician C S Seshadri, who moved to Chennai from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), obtained for CMI liberal funding from the Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Human Resources Development. Dr Rajeeva L Karandikar (RK) whose interpretations of the exit polls of 2014 Lok Sabha elections were substantially proved correct, heads CMI as its Director. As a product of the renowned Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, RK was the one who introduced analytic field in mathematics. Prof Madhavan Mukund (MM), Dean of Studies, who obtained his doctorate in Computer Science from Denmark and is President of the Indian Association for Research in Computer Science, has been associated with CMI from its inception.
The rich facilities created at the Siruseri complex are reaching saturation. CMI is looking for additional space for expansion and also to expand the corpus to Rs 100 crore dreamed by RT to take it among global level research and teaching institutions in the fundamental science of mathematics.
With the focus expanded to analytics, computer science and theoretical physics, CMI is preparing to meet the increasing demand from industry for research scholars with passion to work for results.
To sustain the good work, CMI needs resources of much larger scale. -SV