Among the aims of the Academy, as set out at the time of its foundation, were:-
- To promote progress and uphold the cause of both the pure and applied branches of science.
- To encourage and publish important researches in the branches of science comprehended by the Academy and to represent internationally the scientific work of India.
- To publish books, memoirs, journals, proceedings and transactions relating to scientific researches in pure and applied branches initiated by the Academy and those conducted under the direction of Provincial Academies, the Universities and Government Scientific Institutions.
- To organise and arrange for the meetings of the Congresses, Committees and Conferences for reading and discussing papers submitted to the Academy, advising Government and other bodies on scientific and other matters referred to the Academy and to co-operate with the National Research Council when instituted.
The life and work of Srinivasa Ramanujan are of unique significance to all enthusiasts of mathematics, professionals and amateurs alike. It is a matter of pride for us in India, that despite the unfortunate brevity of his life and lack of formal training his work continues, even after seven odd decades, to generate new and vital mathematics and more and more of it is being applied outside mathematics. The story of the towering genius is, on the other hand, an invaluable reminder to us to explore with confidence our potentialities as also to keep up a dynamic interaction with the global mainstream.The Academy runs many conferences each year. Recent mathematics conferences organised in 2003 were Theory and applications of statistics held in St Thomas College, Pala and Current trends in mathematics held in Madras Christian College, Chennai. Today the Academy has over 800 Fellows together with 45 Honorary Fellows.
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