Plenary Speakers

Prof. Sudesh Kaur Khanduja

INSA Honorary Scientist at IISER Mohali

Title of the Talk : Fascination of Prime Numbers”


The session will commence with an exploration of prime numbers, followed by an introduction to various facets of elementary Number Theory. This forms a basis of all modern-day computations. Subsequently, the audience will be introduced to the significant contributions made by notable figures in this field, ranging from Pierre de Fermat to James Maynard, the recipient of the Fields Medal in 2022. Lastly, the talk will be concluded by highlighting a selection of award-winning open problems in the realm of computation.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Sudesh Kaur Khanduja, FTWAS, FNA, FASc, FNASc  currently holds the position of INSA Honorary Scientist at IISER Mohali, in addition to being an Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh. She has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal from INSA in 2022. Graduating as one of the top students in both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Panjab University Chandigarh, she obtained her PhD in Mathematics from the same institution in 1978. With an extensive teaching experience spanning 46 years, she has published nearly 100 research papers, supervised 13 PhD students, and served as the Principal Investigator for 7 projects. She holds positions on the referee boards of esteemed journals such as Journal of Algebra, Communications in Algebra, Journal of Algebra and its applications, Proceedings of American Mathematical Society, Manuscripta Mathematica, and Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics. Furthermore, she serves as a reviewer for Zentralblatt für Mathematik. Prof. Khanduja has also taken on the role of Coordinator for the NBHM research awardees test and NBHM M.A/M.Sc. scholarship test from 2003 to 2010, and has been guiding students through the Summer Research Fellowship Program of Science Academies since 2008. She actively participates in programs that promote the advancement of mathematics and has organized and delivered keynote speeches at prestigious conferences in India and abroad. Her research interests lie in the fields of Algebra, Algebraic Number Theory, and Valuation Theory.