Saturday, March 25, 2006

Which course will be hot in future (year 2020)??

As I believe, similar to the case of statistics & computer science broke-out from the Mathematics (or rather Applied Mathematics), there will be many new sciences will be leading from computer science.

This thought appeared in my mind when I was looking at recent issue of Nature magazine.
Computers could go from being back-office number-crunchers to field operatives. Twenty-four hours a day, year-in, year-out, they could measure every conceivable variable of an ecosystem or a human body, at whatever scale might be appropriate, from the nanometric to the continental. These new computers would take the form of networks of sensors with data-processing and transmission facilities built in. Millions or billions of tiny computers — called 'motes', 'nodes' or 'pods' — would be embedded into the fabric of the real world. They would act in concert, sharing the data that each of them gathers so as to process them into meaningful digital representations of the world. Researchers could tap into these 'sensor webs' to ask new questions or test hypotheses. Even when the scientists were busy elsewhere, the webs would go on analysing events autonomously, modifying their behaviour to suit their changing experience of the world.
I started to think, which courses (in future) will be good for a career span. Clearly Statistics is going to be a key subject of the future as more and more as data related jobs will be created. Then Biology, Nano, Alternative Energy systems related courses will possibly become the hot courses of the future. Space exploration, Nuclear science will possibly become a usual academic course like Statistics today. You may guess this change happens due to capital investments by large private corporations of the world. Wireless will be one of hottest subject like now. Mathematics will hold a key then as well.

Your future choice of course is for Bachelor degree is not in Mechanical or civil engineering but in:
  • BS in Data Engineering or Experimental Science & Engineering
  • BS in Space Exploration Science & Engineering
  • BS in Aviation Systems & Engineering
  • BS in Gravitational Force Engineering & Tidal Power Systems
  • BS in Re-engineering
  • BS in Nuclear Engineering & Technology
  • Bachelor degree in Applied Statistics
  • BS in Wireless Networking Technology
  • BS in Lightning and Atmospheric Electricity
  • BS in Satellite Navigation Systems & Engineering
  • BS in Information Analysis
  • BS in Brain Engineering
  • BS in Solar systems & Technology
  • BS in Quantum software systems
  • Diploma in Repairing Industrial Robomaids and Diploma in Repairing Home Robomaids
  • MS in Computer Frauds and Social Engineering
  • MS in Brain Simulation science
  • MS in MARS Surface Engineering
  • etc...
Any thoughts in this direction, please do comment me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Want a job in IT industry? Then u must be ....

Accrding to this news:

To get a job in IT industry, what is the talent that required??

Analytical skills

From candidates fresh out of college, we expect good analytical skills. For example, the question may be "If six typists can type 40 pages in two days, how long will it take for 5 typists to type 100 pages." We also expect good mathematics. For example, the candidate should be able to plot "y equals x square minus seven x plus 12," or the candidate should be able to explain the concept of a prime number. Our reasoning goes like this:

1. A candidate, who has learnt well whatever was taught in school and college, is trainable to do our job.

2. A candidate, who can logically analyse and deduce solutions from a given set of facts, can work on the technical problems that we face everyday.

If the candidate knows a programming language, he should be able to put any logic he has understood into a program in the programming language that he knows. For example, after knowing correctly what a prime number is, he should be able to write a program to test if a given number is a prime number or not. The exact programming language hardly matters. What we look for is the skill to express the logic as a program.

High school mathematics

Sadly, the candidates who come out of the colleges fare very badly in our tests. Usually our questions are limited to high school mathematics. No calculus. No complex analysis. Plain algebra and trigonometry is what we test candidates on. Many candidates feel that we should not expect them to remember what they learnt at school. We do not expect them to remember facts and definitions. We do not expect them to define a rational number. We only expect them to be able to use basic algebra and trigonometry to work out some simple problems.

I agree that education has a much larger scope than preparing for employment. But what industry expects is a basic minimum. Education gives the following skills:

1. Information — e.g. earth is a sphere.

2. Logical reasoning

3. Behavioural skills — e.g. how to interact with peers.

4. Values — e.g. one should be truthful.

It is taken for granted that the candidate has the basic set of information and values. Behavioural traits usually show up in the various rounds of face-to-face interviews conducted. The main stress during the entry test and interview is on reasoning.

Are we asking too much?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Summer internships for Mathematics students in India

Matscience or IMSc : You need to talk to faculty according to your area of choice & ask for his availability. Then, once if anyone accepts : you will be provided accommodation with
food facility. So choose a faculty based on your interest.

HRI: same as above.

ISI: same as above. Food is provided at your cost.

CMI: payment is available: monthly 2K but no accommodation or food facility. This is true till they aren't yet changed to new building (as I know they still run the office in a rented building).

JNCASR : Payment available. If selected you are asked to work with a professor of repute in the area that u applied (professor could be from any univ/instt). A newspaper ad or check the website periodically.

TIFR -VSRP : Payment available. If selected, you will be given an option to take an internal exam for research fellow position. Newspaper ad, check the website.

NBHM: It is called Mathematics training & talent search (MTTS) program. look for this. Eligibility: 2nd BSc, 3rd BSc and 1 st MSc or Engg students. Newspaper ad, check the website.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Background topics required to get into Cryptography

I recommend you to read background subjects such as:

1. Statistics
2. Probability
3. Number Theory
4. Linear Algebra
5. Information Theory
6. Theory of Automata & Topics in Complexity theory
7. Coding Theory
8. Abstract Algebra
9. Data Structures & Algorithms
10. Any programming Language

These will help you to master cryptography as a whole. You choose your MS course so that you can learn these subjects as part of it. After that entering into cryptography will be cakewalk. Otherwise you cannot do good research work in Cryptography.

Any more inputs, please write me to malapati@Google's mail dot com

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Post-doctoral fellowships in Mathematics


For more details contact me. (malapati@ Google's mail dot com)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Admission into Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) : How?

This is regarding PhD admissions.

ISI generally admits students based on its entrance test followed by an interview. ISI awards PhD only in Math, Comp Sc, Stat, Economics.

ISI entrance test is considered as far difficult from CSIR/NBHM tests. ISI selection is not at all connected with "would be" supervisor. Selection is purely based on the report of a selection committee (Mathematics, Statistics, Comp Sc, Applied Math : Four committees!) comprising of 10 profs of ISI (all r from various depts). They are specialized in physics, comp sc, electronics, math, stat, applied math and also general engg.

There is no roll of supervisor till a student finishes his one year course work. Though there is some 'temporary' guide concept.

It is upto the student that which committe he likes to face! Research area does not matter. In my case I was interested in cryptography, I took up Computer Sc committee.

In the interview, basic math background (BSc/MSc level) and the subject that u like to be questioned.

In the case of projects: project calls r usually in March to May(mostly). Getting into projects, it is very very easy (compared to general ISI admission). It is because, the project supervisor selects the students. If a project associate would like to do PhD, he can also do. No difference at all (from a normal student).

Even if a student takes up comp sc interview, he can always say that he knows only maths: then they ask only in math. All committees comprises math professors.

Applied Math, some what relatively very easy (getting the admission). the reason, PhD will not be awarded by ISI (one can register elsewhere). They work on: Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Deformed Hilbert Space, Hydrodynamic Stability, Dynamical Systems & Chaos, Queuing and Inventory Models in OR, Integral Expansions, Integral Equations and Applications, System and Control Theory and its Applications, etc .. (somewhat phyics related).

For any CSIR, NBHM, UGC fellowhip students, they r relaxed from entrance test (initally). Anytime in the year, they can ask ISI to conduct an interview. Interview is similar to ISI usual admission interview. But these students including Project fellows, they need to qualify either ISI entrance test to submit the thesis to ISI. And "atmost once" they can request similar test to conduct any time of the year.

Please contact me for more infomation. (malapati@Google's mail)

Not qualified/ not applied in GATE & how to get into higher education?

There are many institutes in India which take students without GATE. Those instiutes are IITs, IISc, ISI, NITs, Many Universities.

Contact me for any specific information. (malapati@Google's mail)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Cryptography/Security course is offered at

Cryptography as a course (Master level):
All IITs, IISc (MS by research)
IDRBT, Hyderabad (MTech Info Tech with Spl: Info Security)
AU-KBC Centre, Chennai (MS Cyptography & Network Security)

Cryptography as a subject in:
* Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (MTech Comp Sc, PhD Math, PhD Comp Sc)
* IIT, Kanpur (BTech Comp Sc, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc, MSc Math)
* IIT, Delhi (BTech Comp Sc, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* IISc, Bangalore (MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* IIT, Madras (BTech Comp Sc, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* IIT, Guwahati (BTech Comp Sc, MSc Maths, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* IIT, Bombay (BTech Comp Sc, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* IIT, Kharagpur (BTech Comp Sc, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* IDRBT, Hyderabad (MTech Info Tech with Spl: Info Security)
* IIIT, Hyderabad (BTech Info Tech, MTech Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* CMI, Chennai (BSc Comp Sc, MSc Comp Sc)
* BITS Pilani (BS Comp Sc, MS Comp Sc, PhD Comp Sc)
* NCST, Mumbai (Adv Dip Software Tech)
* DOEACC, Delhi (C level)
* Agra University (MSc Comp Sc-Math)
* AU-KBC Centre, Chennai (MS Cyptography & Network Security)
* SASTRA, Tanjavur (MTech Computer Sc)
* Anna University (MTech Computer Sc)

You may get more details just by typing the above words in google. You can find out eligibility qualifications in their websites.

MSc Math students are eligible to do directly PhD in Cryptograpphy at all IITs, IISc, ISI.

Admission procedure and related affairs can be availed via e-mail discussions with me.

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