Programme Details for Students

Programme Details

“The way of getting to the core of a topic from very basics without assuming anything, just like the way Euler or other mathematician would have done in their times, can only be experienced in PROMYS.” Senjuti Dutta, Mehta Fellow to PROMYS 2019–2021

“If all your conjectures are true, you’re probably not being bold enough.”

Quick Facts

We are excited to be launching PROMYS India in 2023.

Dates: 7 May – 17 June, 2023. 

Location: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore). Participants will study and attend lectures on campus, be housed in IISc men’s or women’s hostels (residence halls), and eat meals in IISc’s dining mess.

Cost: Free

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, for at least the first year of the new programme, all students at PROMYS India will receive full scholarships which cover all tuition, housing in residence halls, meals, required books, and approved travel to and from the programme.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, students must be in secondary or higher secondary school in Standards IX – XII (or +1, +2, or PUC). Students attending government-funded schools, government-aided private schools, unaided private or independent schools, sixth form colleges, home schools, and other types of secondary and higher secondary schools in India are all eligible to apply. Students need to be at least 15 by the start of the programme. Please see the Application page for further information regarding eligibility.

Application: The application includes a challenging problem set, application form, recommendation from a mathematics teacher, and school report card(s).

Students: Secondary school students aged 15 – 18, including returning students. Although students are encouraged to talk to all the counsellors, each student will also have an assigned counsellor who will provide feedback on the student’s work on the daily problem set.

Counsellors: Undergraduate students from strong mathematics programmes. Counsellors support and grade the work of their 3 or 4 students. Independently, counsellors conduct research and arrange their own minicourses.

Faculty and Mentors: The Director of PROMYS India is Professor Ila Varma who will be giving the daily Number Theory lectures. Dr. Aditya Karnataki will be teaching an Advanced Seminar.  Visiting mathematicians will give Guest Lectures. Click here for the Faculty page.

Click here for student comments about PROMYS.

Typical Day at PROMYS India

The day begins with the mandatory morning Number Theory lecture which meets for an hour and a half each morning from Monday through Friday.  Overall, participants spend most of their time working independently or in small groups on the problem sets distributed daily at the end of morning lecture. The problem sets will encourage students to design their own numerical experiments and to employ their own powers of observation to discover mathematical patterns, to formulate and test conjectures, and to justify their ideas by devising their own mathematical proofs.

Students continue to work on problem sets throughout the day (and frequently the evening too). Counsellors review the work of their 3 or 4 students and provide individual feedback and support. Students often choose to work in communal areas where counselors are always available

Many first-year students also meet in small groups to work on first-year labs, supervised by counsellors and faculty. Returning students will have the opportunity to work on research projects proposed by professional mathematicians.

Click HERE to visit the “Mathematics at PROMYS India” page.

 

Other Activities

During the six weeks of the programme, participants devote the bulk of their time and attention to mathematics. However, counsellors and faculty will organise some non-mathematical activities and outings. Some of these will be optional and based on demand. 

In addition, students and counsellors will be able to participate in informal activities such as sports and music (students may wish to bring their musical instruments) using facilities on the IISc campus. It is not unusual for participants to enjoy playing card games or chess.

The friendships built at PROMYS are very frequently deep and long-lasting.