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  1. 1. Interuniversity Centre for Studies on Kerala Legacy on Astronomy and MathematicsKerala has a rich tradition of studies in Mathematics and Astronomy from 14th centuryand was ahead of Europe by three centuries. Now famous Kerala School of Mathematicswas established by Samgamagrama Madhavan ( 1350 – 1425 AD ) through a chain ofguru- sishya parampara extending till late 19th century. A wealth of knowledge createdby them in this field is not known to the present generation except through a limitednumber of deciphered manuscripts. Large number of manuscripts has to be decoded tothe present language which may help us to unearth new knowledge in mathematics andastronomy . Prior to 10th century A D Kerala produced Aryabhata during 5th Century andVararuchi in 4th Century A D. Based on the astronomical calculations it was recentlydiscovered that Aryabhata lived in Chamravattom near Trichur. It is quite remarkable thatfrom a small strip of land mainly on the banks of river Bharathappuzha knowledge wascreated during the last 1000 years and the tradition still continues Recently Cochin University of Science and Technology with financial help fromthe Government of Kerala has established a unique centre called InteruniversityCentre for Studies on the Kerala Legacy on Astronomy and Mathematics topromote studies on Kerala’s rich contributions to Mathematics and Astronomy. TheCentre offers short term visiting scientist scholarships for school and college studentswho wish to take up short term projects in the area of History and Philosophy ofMathematics with special reference to Kerala. We also invite experts in this field to getassociated with the Centre to take up project work for decoding ancient manuscripts. Wewelcome interested Manuscriptologists, Sanskrit Scholars, Mathematicians, Scientistsand Computer Scientists to associate with the programme. An extension centre calledAryabhata Centre for Studies on Indian Contributions of Astronomy and Mathematicswill be established in Chamravattom. Those who are interested to get associated with the Centre may send applicationin white paper, along with details of the work already carried out , if any and biodata soas to reach Director, Centre for Science in Society, Cochin University of Science andTechnology, Cochin 682022 ( 0484 – 2862837) on or before 25th February 2011 . Formore details contact Prof A Vijayakumar, Professor of Mathematics and ProgrammeCoordinator , IUCKLAM ( 0484-2862464, 9447608851, vijay@cusat.ac.in) or Prof V PN Nampoori, International School of Photonics ( 0484-2862415, 0484-2575848,nampoori@gmail.com).

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