Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships in Mathematics

Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2021
Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2021

Mehta Fellowships awarded to students in India, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia!

PROMYS is thrilled to have 27 Mehta Fellows at PROMYS this summer! Seven new first-year Mehta Fellowships were awarded to students in India, 2 Pan-African Mehta Fellowships were awarded to students in Ghana and Nigeria, and an Indonesian Mehta Fellowship was awarded to a student from Sumatra Utara. There are also 7 returning Mehta Fellows and 9 Mehta counselors at PROMYS 2021. In addition, Arya Vadnere, a Mehta Fellow from 2016-2020, will be the Research Advisor.

The Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are full scholarships for mathematically talented students from India and other emerging nations who satisfy the eligibility requirements and who could not attend PROMYS without financial assistance. 

The first-year students from India in 2021 are Sara Ahire, Smitali Bhandari, Achyut Bharadwaj, Dipayan Das, Ruchira Mukherjee, Saee Patil and Abhishek Yadav. They come from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, and Kamataka. Roni Edwin from Ghana and Ekene Ezeunala from Nigeria have been awarded Pan-African Mehta Fellowships, and Valentio Iverson from Sumatra Utara been awarded an Indonesian Mehta Fellowship.

The Mehta Fellows from India who will be returning students are Rahul Adhikari, Satya Sreevani Bh, Parth Chavan, Bhumika Mittal, Haran Mouli, Vruddhi Shah, and Tejas Varma. The Mehta Counselors are Siddhant Chaudhary, Anupam Datta, Senjuti Dutta, Arpoitri Ghosal, Soumen Ghosh, Kalyani Gohokar, Nilava Metya, Adit Vishnu PM, and Devansh Sehta. Six of the counselors attend Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI). The others attend the Indian Statistical Institute; Pune University, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. 

Arya Vadnere from Pune will be the Research Advisor at PROMYS this summer. Arya has been a Mehta Fellow since 2016 when he first came to PROMYS as a student. He has also been a counselor and, in 2020, a Head Counselor.

Sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships and of PROMYS India

The participation in PROMYS of the Mehta Fellows has been fully funded since 2015 thanks to the generosity and vision of Nick Nash & Phalgun Raju, Avi & Sandra Nash, the Indira Foundation and Morph.org who are also the founding sponsors for PROMYS India. PROMYS India is their brainchild, and their anchor funding enables the full scholarships for PROMYS India participants.Their participation is thanks to the philanthropic vision and generosity of Nick Nash & Phalgun Raju, Avi and Sandra Nash, Morph.org, and Indira Foundation who have supported the Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS since 2015 and who are also the founding sponsors of PROMYS India.

“PROMYS is more than just a summer program - It is an experience that will change your life. The path of discovery that one follows as a student of PROMYS is unique and will change your perception of mathematics…I am extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships for giving me this wonderful experience.” Siddharth Sridhar, 2017 Mehta

PROMYS India 2022

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PROMYS India was looking forward to welcoming mathematically talented students and counsellors from across India for six weeks of challenging mathematical exploration at Ashoka University. Postponement due to Covid is a great disappointment, but health and safety have to be the top priority. PROMYS looks forward eagerly to the launch of PROMYS India in 2022.

PROMYS India is an offshoot PROMYS program for students in India. It is closely modeled on PROMYS at Boston University. Full scholarships will be awarded to all PROMYS India students for at least the first summer. The hope is that participation in the new program will remain free long-term. The Director of PROMYS India is Professor Ila Varma (University of Toronto) who has experienced PROMYS in multiple roles including student, counselor, Head Counselor, research mentor, guest lecturer, interviewer of Mehta Fellowship Finalists, and PROMYS Foundation Trustee.

Pilot Program for PROMYS India

Between 2015 and 2020, the Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS program brought mathematically talented students from India to PROMYS at Boston University. Selected each year from very large and impressive applicant pools, the Mehta Fellows grew in number from 2015, when there were two, to 2019, when there were fifteen: ten students and five counselors. Deeply familiar with the PROMYS approach to engaging in mathematics, Mehta Fellowship alumni will be the returning students and counselors at PROMYS India.

Mehta Fellow Students at PROMYS 2021

Rahul Adhikari, Returning Mehta Fellow from West Bengal, India Sara Ahire, First-Year Mehta Fellow from India
Satya Sreevani Bh, Returning Mehta Fellow from India Smitali Bhandari, First-Year Mehta Fellow from India
Achyut Bharadwaj, First-Year Mehta Fellow from Karnataka, India Parth Chavan, Returning Mehta Fellow from Maharashtra, India
Dipayan Das, First-Year Mehta Fellow from West Bengal, India Roni Edwin, First-Year Pan-African Mehta Fellow from Accra, Ghana
Ekene Ezeunala, First-Year Pan-African Mehta Fellow from Lagos, Nigeria Valentio Iverson, First-Year Indonesian Mehta Fellow from Sumatra Utara, Indonesia
Bhumika Mittal, Returning Mehta Fellow from Rajashan, India Haran Mouli, Returning Mehta Fellow from Tamil Nadu, India
Ruchira Mukherjee, First-Year Mehta Fellow from West Bengal, India Saee Patil, First-Year Mehta Fellow from Maharashtra, India
Vruddhi Shah, Returning Mehta Fellow from Maharashtra, India Tejas Varma, Returning Mehta Fellow from Bangalore, India
Abhishek Yadav, First-Year Mehta Fellow from Kerala, India    

Selected Comments by Mehta Fellows

“PROMYS is more than just a summer program - It is an experience that will change your life. The path of discovery that one follows as a student of PROMYS is unique and will change your perception of mathematics. The problem sets showed me that mathematics demands one to make bold conjectures, while also giving substantial emphasis on rigor and proofs. The opportunities to explore mathematics at PROMYS are endless. I loved the diverse community I was part of at PROMYS. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships for giving me this wonderful experience.” Siddharth Sridhar, Mehta Fellow 2017 and 2018 

“PROMYS has been the best mathematical experience I ever had. PROMYS gave me new perspective about mathematics and taught me to chase elegance and simplicity instead of complexity. Discovering math in our own way is important and PROMYS provide the best environment to encourage you to do so. The best part about PROMYS is that it isn't about how much you know but about your will to learn more. The community PROMYS offers is so amazing - everyone is so supportive and understood me so well.” Bhumika Mittal, Mehta Fellow 2020

“If you love mathematics, you will love PROMYS. This was the best summer of my life. PROMYS is all about thinking hard and having fun. Thinking and exploring really helped me grow intellectually. PROMYS made me sure that I want to become a mathematician.”  Vruddhi Shah, Mehta Fellow 2020

“Since the program is so intensive and so well structured, one actually feels the heavenly bliss of reasoning at every step... PROMYS actually prepares people for life, not just number theory." Nilava Metya, Mehta Fellow 2018, 2019 and 2020

“The way of getting to the core of a topic from very basics without assuming anything, just like the way Euler or other mathematician would have done in their times, can only be experienced in PROMYS.” Senjuti Dutta, Mehta Fellow 2019 and 2020

“PROMYS has given me a new perspective to Mathematics. The lectures taught me to chase simplicity and elegance instead of complexity. The problem sets pushed me to frontiers I had never explored or even knew existed. They also showed me how mathematics was an empirical science with lots of conjectures to be made from numerical observations. The amount of mathematics I saw at PROMYS amazed me.” Adit Vishnu PM, Mehta Fellow 2016-2020

"The depth of math at PROMYS is remarkable, wherein we write proofs in the most rigorous fashion possible, which inculcates in us a very important skill as a mathematician. Overall, it’s an experience that is one of a kind, and something that I will always remember throughout my life." Siddhant Chaudhary, Mehta Fellow 2018 - 2020

"In PROMYS, the problem sets are designed in such a way that one would keep discovering theorems on their own.. That provides extreme pleasure to any math-loving kid. And during the course of 6 weeks, we almost become a family… PROMYS Is a place to learn maths rather than compete." Soumen Ghosh, Mehta Fellow 2016-2019

"The PROMYS community was very welcoming and supportive. I won’t ever forget these people and the memories we had together. I will stay in touch and hope to make more memories together." Kalyani Gohokar, Mehta Fellow 2019 and 2020

"The exposure, the rigour, the way of approach we learn here in unparalleled. The Number Theory lectures were world-class, and the problem sets were the heart of the enrichment of the program.” Aman Agrawal, Mehta Fellow 2017 and 2018

“PROMYS has been the best mathematical experience of my life." Anupam Datta, Mehta Fellow 2018 and 2020

"If you love Mathematics, believe me, you will never walk alone at PROMYS." Sanket Biswas, Mehta Fellow 2019 and 2020 

“I have grown up doing competitive math for Olympiads. When I came to PROMYS 2015 as a first year, it showed me a new way of learning mathematics. PROMYS helped me to understand, how to build our own mathematics. PROMYS made me to ask questions, and the numerical problems are designed in a way to develop and investigate conjectures. PROMYS helped me understand how to approach a research problem. It showed the importance of numerical data which is helpful to see beautiful patterns behind them.” Sabir Shaik, Mehta Fellow 2015 - 2019

Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2019
Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2019

2021 Mehta Fellowship flyer