Institute of Mathematics and Applications (IMA) is a premier
Organization that has conceived this path breaking attempt to bring in the
rural kids to the fore before they wither away. This has been appreciated by
Government of India (GOI), which supports this program.
IMA was established in year 1999, by Government of
Please read the article below to see detail as to
how and why Rural Math Talent Search (RMTS) project was started.
One of the goals set in IMA’s charter was:
provide for search and nurturing of young talents in mathematics and to
inculcate in them a mathematical culture.
IMA conducted 1st RMTS Tests in 2003. Seven more RMTS tests have
been conducted in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010. In all Eight
batches of students have been picked and nurtured, through two weeklong camps
every year. RMTS 2011 will be the 9th RMTS examination. From year 2007, the
tests are being done in two phases. In the 1st phase 1000 are
selected out of the participants and another test is conducted to finalize the
winners. Last year we reached about half of the 314 blocks of Odisha.
Currently scholars are mentored and monitored for 3 years and in
6 camps. These camps are financed by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of
India (GOI). Some NRIs and education enthusiasts in India have come forward to
donate scholarships to the selected students @ Rs. 1500/ year for 5 years (to
class 10) to encourage these young scholars. Details are as follows:
scholarships for 5 years (2003-2007) donated by an NRI in memory of Late
Kamala Pada Das.
scholarships through Give A Hand (GAH) program of Vikas Educational and
Charitable Trust (VECT), India.
scholarships donated by NRI, Sri Surajit Amrit, to exceptionally poor kids.
scholarships for 5 years (2004-2008) Donated by NRIs, through Sustainable
Economic and Educational Development Society(SEEDS, USA and administered
by VECT, India.
scholarships donated by Dr. Swadheen Pattnaik of IMA.
- 2005: 3rd RMTS
scholarships for 5 years (2005-2009) Donated by NRIs, through Sustainable
Economic and Educational Development Society(SEEDS), USA and Indian
Relief and Education Fund (IREF), USA and administered by VECT, India .
- 3 scholarships donated by 2 from Indian, Sri
Srijat Mishra and Saumya Mohapatra, himself a doctoral student at IIT,
through VECT, India.
scholarships each were donated to students from Coastal, Western and
Southern districts of Orissa.
- 2006: 4 th RMTS
- 201 scholarships awarded for 5 years(2006-2010)
donated by NRIs, through SEEDS, USA, IREF, USA and administered by VECT,
India. Similar donations have been raised by VECT from India.
- 67 scholarships have been donated equally to
each Zone this year too.
- 2007: 5 th RMTS
- 201 scholarships, awarded. 67 from each
Zone, Coastal, Western & South.
- 2008: 6 th RMTS
- 201 scholarships, proposed. 67 from each
Zone, Coastal, Western & South.
- 2009, 7th RMTS:
- 2010, 8th RMTS:
- 203 students selected – scholarships will be
donated based merit and means.
Please use the web links to learn about the support Organizations:
- SEEDS (www.seedsnet.org),
- VECT (vikas.org.in) and IREF (iref.homestead.com)
- IMA (www.iomath.org).
Note: Except a couple of big donors ($1000),
the funds have been raised by small donations of $225/ year (committed for
5 years and good for six scholars in India at the present exchange rate)
through SEEDS. Indian donors are encouraged to support 2 students (Rs.
3000/ year for 5 years). List of donors is below (3 and 4). A group of ex-Math
Olympiad scholars lead by Shri Abhilash Mishra of Oxford University have
started supporting RMTS.
Some Blog Articles on RMTS:
1. Math Initiative by Sandip K. Dasverma:
2. Rural Math Talent Search – It's time has come. By S. K.