INNOVATIVE AND PRESTIGIOUS MATHS SUMMER PROGRAM PROMYS LAUNCHES IN INDIA

New Delhi: The inaugural program of PROMYS India will run from May 24 to July 4, 2020 at Ashoka University in Sonepat, Haryana. It is an intensive six-week residential summer program in mathematics for talented students in Stds IX-XII from across India. PROMYS India aims to provide an environment for mathematically ambitious young people that will encourage a deep scientific curiosity with the creative and collaborative elements of mathematics.

PROMYS India is closely modeled on its 31-year-old parent program, PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists) at Boston University, and has been introduced to India after a highly successful five-year pilot program bringing extraordinarily talented students from India to PROMYS in the USA. About half of PROMYS alumni have gone on to earn doctorates, mostly in STEM, from schools such as Harvard, MIT and Princeton; a good number also become faculty, while many others have joined innovative companies or startups. Alumni of PROMYS excel in a wide range of careers and speak fervently of the benefits they received from the rigorous habits of mind they acquired at the program.

Applications for PROMYS India are now open and will close on March 1, 2020. Applicants can submit their application on www.promys-india.org. To be eligible for PROMYS India, applicants must attend school in India, be at least 15 years old and have completed Standard IX by May 24, 2020. Standard XII students are eligible for the program for the summer even after appearing for Standard XII board exams.

“This partnership will help foster interaction between Ashoka University and the larger community of research mathematicians and scientists currently working in academia and industry”, said Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University.

PROMYS India is the brainchild of its sponsors: Nick Nash and Phalgun Raju, co-founders of Morph.org, and Avi and Sandra Nash of the Indira Foundation, who together formed a partnership in 2015 with the alum-led 501(c)(3) non-profit PROMYS Foundation, launching the Ramanujan Project to find and fund exceptional students from India to attend PROMYS in Boston through the Mehta Fellowships.

According to Phalgun Raju, Co-Founder, Morph.org, “We are extremely excited to launch PROMYS India in partnership with the PROMYS Foundation and Ashoka University, and to scale the very successful Ramanujan Project we started in 2015 to support a greater number of exceptional math students directly in India, through the PROMYS best-in-class model. PROMYS has proven to substantially expand the horizons, thinking and opportunities of the student participants.”

Admission to PROMYS India is highly competitive and will be started with a batch of 32 students in 2020. Enrolled students will have their tuition, hostel, meals, and travel funded by PROMYS India’s founding sponsors: the Nash Family, Morph.org, and Indira Foundation.

“Our vision was to find the most talented young mathematicians where they live, and create an outstanding group of alumni who may become tomorrow’s leaders of scientific research at the highest levels,” said Nick Nash, Co-Founder, Morph.org.

PROMYS India is the second offshoot of PROMYS, and the only program of its kind in India. The first international offshoot of PROMYS started in 2015 and is a partnership of PROMYS with University of Oxford and the Clay Mathematics Institute.

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