Department, since its establishment in 1959, has been engaged in teaching and research in basic and applied Mathematics. Late Prof. P. V. Parekh took up the responsibility in 1959 single-handedly. Prof. P. C. Vaidya and Prof. H. N. Raval joined the department in August 1959. In 1960, Prof. Saiyad Izhar Hussain and Late Prof. D. S. Basan joined the department. Thereafter, Prof. A. M. Vaidya, Late Prof. Markendya Mishra, Late Dr. L. K. Patel, Prof. I. H. Sheth, Prof. N. R. Ladhawala, Dr. N. C. Shah and Dr. P. J. Bhatt served Department of Mathematics. All Eminent professors had their own vision for teaching and research.
To date, the number of Ph. D. theses approved stands at about 72. Many of the alumni have occupied important positions in various universities, government and non-government institutes, research institutes, etc.
NBHM (National Board of Higher Mathematics) supports the department by giving library grants and complimentary books every year.
Department has organized national level ‘Mathematics Meet-2011’ in February funded by GUJCOST. Department of Mathematics, jointly with the Department of Statistics, organized an ‘International Conference on Applied Mathematics & Statistics’ which was funded by GUJCOST. 12 international and 237 national delegates attended it. One of the recent events in the department was the ‘International Seminar on Applied Mathematics & Statistics in January 2015. It was attended by ten international delegates and ninety postgraduates, research students, and faculties.
The department has played a leading role in the Mathematical activities of Gujarat State, be it the spread of Mathematical awareness, competitions, curricular revisions, publication of books and journals, talent search, and nurturing or teachers’ programs. These activities are carried out by Gujarat Ganit Mandal, Suganitam Trust, Prof. P. C. Vaidya Sanman Nidhi Trust and Ahmedabad Ganit Mandal whose official address is the Department of Mathematics, Gujarat University.
Prizes & Scholarships
o Students of the department receive scholarships from Suganitam Trust through donations from Late Prof. P. V. Parekh, Late Prof. I. M. Pandya and Vadilal Icecream Trust.
o The Eklavya Education Foundation has awarded a gold medal and a prize to the top scorer of M. Sc. I examination till 2014.
o Topper in M. Sc. gets Prof. H. N. Raval gold medal in the Annual Convocation of Gujarat University.
o Prof. D. S. Basan medal is given to the “Best Student” by an anonymous donner through the department.
Publication of Magazine/Research Journal
The magazine entitled “Suganitam” is published regularly for over 5 decades with assistance from Suganitam Trust. o The DoM publishes a research journal entitled “Mathematics Today: ISSN 0976-3228 (Print), ISSN 2455-9601 (Online), www.mathematicstoday.org” with the editorial assistance of Dr. S. K. Patel. This activity is funded by Prof. P. C. Vaidya Sanman Nidhi Trust.