What you see –
At the end of Damle Path, one of the bylanes of Law College Road in Pune, is this esteemed Institute of Mathematics, dedicated and named after the ancient mathematician Bhaskaracharya. Amidst lush greenery and quiet surroundings, this institute was founded in 1976 by the world famous Indian Mathematician Prof. Shreeram Abhyankar for conducting research in Higher Mathematics. The three-level Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana institute has four lecture halls, seminar halls, research rooms, computer labs, a well stocked library and staff rooms. The first lecture hall on the right hand side of the main entrance has photographs of famous mathematicians to inspire you while you study on the antique wooden study chairs.
What you get –
Other than being a research institute for pure mathematics, Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana
offers classes for International Mathematical Olympiad examinations for students from the 9th to the 12th standard. There are three levels for these classes. The first level gets you well versed with the basics, the second level teaches you advanced techniques and the final level is about extensive problem solving. There are about 30 students chosen from State level examination who later appear for the National level and in all six students are chosen from the country who appear for the International Mathematics Olympiad. This examination helps students who have an inclination towards Mathematics to secure a future in research jobs in India and abroad. Also if one wins the scholarship the opportunities are endless.
The examination includes six problems that are to be solved sequentially in three hours. This includes number theory, trigonometry, geometry, surds, complex numbers, quadratic equations, permutations and combinations, binomial theorems, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progression. This exam is supported by esteemed teachers from SP College and Fergusson College in Pune including Dr. Modak, Dr. Acharya, Dr. VM Sholapurkar etc.
Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana’s library has reference books, question papers, and specially recommended books for the exam. The fees are Rs. 6,000 per year and the classes are held twice a week. They have three batches here with each class comprising around 40 students.
Our verdict –
This is a recognized Mathematics research center of the University of Pune from where a large number of students have obtained their PhDs. Their students are known to have won accolades abroad too. The centre organizes related workshops and conferences by the best of researchers and doctorates in this field which can be attended by teachers and research students. They also run summer programs for outstation students to introduce basics of Mathematics Olympiad examinations. Parking space is available on the road.
Anytime between –
11 AM – 6 PM (Closed on weekends)
By Trupti Shetty