The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) was set up by the Government of India under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), in the year 1983, to foster the development of higher mathematics in the country, to formulate policies for the development of mathematics, help in the establishment and development of mathematical centres and give financial assistance to research projects and to doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. NBHM functions essentially autonomously framing its own budget taking into account the funds made available by DAE. 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. The functions of the NBHM are:
To continuously evolve and implement policies and programmes for the development of mathematics in the country.
To help in the establishment and development of mathematical centres.
To give financial assistance to research projects and to doctoral and postdoctoral scholars.
To assess the nature and extent of mathematical inputs necessary in applications ophisticated mathematics is involved. and to suggest steps for training adequate personnel specially in areas where
To determine the funds required for these activities and to administer these funds through suitable machinery set up for this purpose.
NBHM usually meets twice a year, to discuss its programmes and various proposals received from it's board members as well as from mathematicians all over the country. 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. The responsibilities of various committees are described in Annexure I. 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.
Applicants must be motivated BA / BSc / BTech / BE / MA / MSc degree holders or final year students of these degree courses. They must have a good academic record (1 st Class or equivalent grade in all years from +2 level to the present. BSc (Honors) students with second class may also apply.
Successful candidates will be eligible to receive a scholarship amount of Rs. 16,000/- (Rs Sixteen thousand only) per month for the first and second year and Rs 18,000/- (Rs Eighteen thousands only) per month for subsequent years, a contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- (Rs. Twenty thousand only) per year and house rent allowance as per central government norms wherever applicable. The scholarships are normally for a total period of four years, sanctioned for one year at a time and renewable at the end of the year, subject to satisfactory progress. Candidates will be eligible for the enhanced amount of scholarship only after evaluation by the board at the end of the second year. If deemed fit, the scholarship may be extended to five years at the discretion of NBHM To avail of the scholarship the students have to enroll in an appropriate institution for a Ph.D. degree in mathematics. The scholarship will be paid through the institution they join.
A written test will be held based on questions in topics normally covered in Master's degree programmes in mathematics. The test will be for two and half hours and involves questions with short answers. Question papers of earlier years will be available on the NBHM web page (URL given at the top). Selection will be made on the basis of the written test followed by interview of short-listed candidates. The written test will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2017.
The candidates who wish to be considered for PhD programmes in the
The written test will be conducted at the following centres, divided into five separate zones:
Applications on plain paper should be made in the format given at the end of the advertisement and should be sent in duplicate along with a recent passport size photograph attached to each copy and a self-addressed envelope, affixed with a Rs. 5/- postage stamp, to the address as given below for the appropriate zone in which the candidate wishes to appear for the written test. The envelope containing the application should be superscribed, "NBHM PhD Scholarship".
Applications should NOT be sent to the NBHM office. A candidate may send separate applications independently to more than one zone. However, in general, applications will not be transferred from one zone to another. Names of two centres from the respective zone must be clearly indicated giving the order of preference. A centre of candidate's choice will be allotted, as far as possible. If necessary, the zonal coordinator may sometimes allot some other centre close to the indicated alternatives. ,
Addresses of zonal coordinators for sending completed applications:
Zone 1 Prof Sudesh Kaur Khanduja
Department of Mathematics,
Zone 2 Prof Satya Deo Tripathi
Harish-Chandra Research Institute,
Zone 3 Prof Nitin Nitsure
School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stat-Math Unit, Indian Statistical Institute,
Zone 5 Prof S Kesavan
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, C.I.T. Campus, Taramani, Chennai - 600113. Email: email@example.com