At a time when Indian mathematicians are concerned about few takers for the subject at the research level, here's a maths symposium organised by women, for women and about women. The Institute of Mathematical Sciences in the city is conducting a three-day symposium from January 8 on ‘Indian Women and Mathematics', which will be a platform to bring together women who plan or pursue an academic career in mathematics or a profession that relies heavily on mathematics.
In the IITs about 20 per cent or less of the faculty are women and the percentage of women professors in abysmally low, according to presentation made by mathematician Geeta Venkataraman at a panel discussion on ‘Women mathematicians around the world' at the International Congress of Mathematician 2010 in Hyderabad.
She also spoke about the low number of women mathematicians in other institutions.
In research institutes such as Homi Bhabha National Institute, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the percentage of women faculty in mathematics ranges from 18 to 10 per cent. In the Maths Department in Delhi University, about 32 per cent of the faculty are women but out of seven professors none are women. In the Indian Institute of Science the percentage of women faculty members in mathematics is zero. For details http://www.imsc.res.in/