Honí Chief Minister Dr.K.Rosaiahís address at the
Inauguration of International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) - 2010 at HICC,
Honíble President of India, Mrs. Prathibha Devi Singh Patil His Excellancy, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh
Prof. Lovasz, President of the I.M.U Prof. Raghunathan, Chairman of the Organizing Committee
other dignitaries on the dais and delegates to the
International Congress of Mathematicians,
I am happy to be here at the inauguration of
this important mathematical event. I extend a warm welcome to all the delegates
to Hyderabad. It is a cosmopolitan city steeped in history and has a composite
culture drawing from diverse traditions. It is a striking contrast between the
old and the new.
Hyderabad hosts many educational and research
institutions. The University of Hyderabad is among the top universities in the
country. It has been rated as number 1 in India by Scopus based on the impact
factor of its publications. There are eleven other universities in the city.
Osmania being the oldest among all universities here with a history of over a
hundred years. The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, the National
Geophysical Research Institute and the Centre for DNA Finger Printing and
Diagnostics are among the leading institutes for scientific research in the
country. The city offers stiff competition to Bangalore as a national hub for
the I.T. industry. This conference is located in an area of the city, which is
popularly known as Cyberabad.
Andhra Pradesh, we always have a great regard for mathematicians. There is a
famous Telugu proverb which says:ďలెక్కలున్నవారునిజమైనమొనగాడు". Meaning
one who is good at calculations is a great man.
Amaravati in our State was an ancient seat of
learning particularly famous for Buddhist studies. The study of logic was very
much a part of Buddhist philosophical studies and connected intimately with
foundational issues in mathematics. In recent years, many mathematicians from
Andhra Pradesh have distinguished themselves. Prof. C.R. Rao ranks among the
leading international figures in Statistics. Prof. Meenakshi Sundaramís
contributions to the study of the Heat Equation are well known to the
mathematical community. Prof. K.Chandra Sekharan was the architect of the
School of Mathematics of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.
Prof. K.G.Ramanathan who helped Chandrasekharan build that School taught at
Osmania University. We also have Master Nischal Narayanam, a child prodigy
from Hyderabad a double Guinness World Record holder and designer and developer
of a unique Mathematics Laboratory. We are indeed proud of the
contributions of these outstanding mathematicians from Andhra Pradesh.
We recognize the importance of mathematics as a
discipline as well as a tool in science and technology and in many other
practical matters. The Congress will focus public attention on mathematics
even if your deliberations are beyond ordinary people. Raising awareness of
mathematics among people is important and the Congress will do that. I find
that the organizers have arranged two talks aimed at high School and College
students in the City. I am happy to see this initiative in the midst of a busy
programme concerned with high level research.
We are happy that Hyderabad was chosen to host
the Congress by the Indian Organizers and their bid was accepted by the
International Mathematical Union. My Government has always encouraged the
promotion of top level academic interaction between scientists. We have given
unstinted support to the Congress. I wish the delegates a very fruitful
conference. I urge you to take this opportunity to explore the diverse
touristic attractions that the State of Andhra Pradesh in general and this great
city in particular have to offer. You will not be disappointed.
I wish this Congress a great success and I also
wish all the Delegates a pleasant stay at Hyderabad.