International Conference on Special Functions & Applications (ICSFA-2018)


(XVIIth Annual Conference of Society for Special Functions and their Applications)




Symposium on Special Functions in Graph Theory & their Applications


November 22 - 24, 2018


Organized by
Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kottayam (Kerala), India


The three days conference aims to bring together the researchers working in the area of Special Functions and related areas for interaction and exchange of ideas. In addition, it will inspire young researchers to pursue research in this important branch of Mathematical Science. The academic program of the conference will consist of Plenary/Invited Talks and Paper Presentations covering a wide range of topics including Special Functions, Hypergeometric function and its generalizations, Orthogonal polynomials, Lie theoretic approach to Special function, Ramanujan Mathematics, Fractional calculus, Combinatorics, Number theory, q-series and continued fractions, geometric function theory and applications of special functions to Statistics, Physical sciences and Engineering.

During ICSFA-2018 R. P. Agarwal Memorial Lecture shall be delivered on the first day of the conference by Professor S. Bhargava, University of Mysore (India). The previous lectures have been delivered by George Andrews (PSU, USA), H.L. Manocha (NYU, USA), A. M. Mathai (McGill, Canada), Shigeru Kanemitsu (Kinki University, Japan) and Michel Waldschmidt (Universit´e Paris, France), Tom Koorwinder (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).


Invited Speakers

  C. Adiga, Mysore   R. K. Jana, Surat   K Srinivasa Rao, Chennai      
  Praveen Agarwal, Jaipur   Dilip Kumar, Kerala   A Swaminathan, Roorkee      
  P K Banerji, Jodhpur   Subuhi Khan, Aligarh   Fathemah Zadeh Shirazi, Iran      
  S Bhargava, Mysore  

AM Mathai, Canada


Ajay Shukla, Surat

  Kalyan Chakraborty, Allahabad  

Mahadev S Naika, Banglore

  S N Singh, Jaunpur      
  N. Fathima, Pondichery  

M A Pathan, Aligarh

   S. P. Singh      
  Varsha Gijji, Pune  

R. K. Parmar, Bikaner

  K R Vasuki, Mysore      
  Azizul Hoque, Allahabad  

S Ponnusammy, Chennai

  Michel Waldschmidt, France      
  Azhar Husain, Patna   J K Prajapati, Ajmer          
  Zakia Hammouch, Morocco   M. Rana, Patiala          
  Symposium Speakers              
  K. A. Germina, Kasaragod (Symposium Organizer)              
  Kumar Abhishek, Coimbatore   Sudev N. K., Banglore          
  Shahul Hameed K, Kannur   V. Swaminathan, Madurai          
  Pranjali, Jaipur   Joseph Varghese, Banglore          

Scientific Committee

  N Fathima, Pondichery   Subuhi Khan, Aligarh   A. Rababah, Jordan      

Soney C George, Kottayam


M S Naika, Banglore

  A Swaminathan, Roorkee      

Azhar Husain, Patna


R K Parmar, Bikaner

  D. D. Somshekhara, Mysore      
  Zakia Hammouch, Morocco   Jacob Philip, Kottayam   S. N. Singh, Jaunpur      

Dilip Kumar, Kerala


 Tibor K Pogany, Hungary

  Ajay Shukla, Surat      

Advisory Committee


A. K. Agarwal, Punjab University, Chandigarh

  Tom Koorwinder, Univ of Amsterdam, Netherland   P. E. Ricci, Italy  
  S. Ahmad Ali, BBD University, Lucknow  

A. M. Mathai, McGill University, Canada

  A K Singh, DST, New Delhi  
  P. K. Banerji, JNV University, Jodhpur  

M. A. Pathan, AMU, Aligarh

  N. K. Thakare, Pune  

Kalyan Chakraborty, HRI, Allahabad

  S. Ponnusamy, IIT-M, Chennai   Michel Waldschmidt, Universit´e Paris, France  
  Shigeru Kanemitsu, Kindai University, Japan   K. Srinivasa Rao, IMSc, Chennai      

Chief-Patron:  H. E. Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirappally, Kottayam

Patron:  Rev. Dr. Mathew Paikatt, Manager, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kottayam

General  Chair: Dr Z. V. Lakaparampil, Principal, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kottayam

Organizing Chair: Dr Lisa Mathew, Head, Department of Basic Sciences, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kottayam

Convener: Dr Deepa H Nair, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kottayam


Call for Papers


The organizers of the conference invite papers for presentation. The full length paper along with abstracts not exceeding 150 words and with atleast two 2010 AMS Subject Classification numbers should be sent directly by email at or by post to

Dr. S. Ahmad Ali
Department of Mathematics, Babu Banarasi Das University, Faizabad Road, Lucknow 226 028 (UP), India
Tel: +91 522 3911065 (Off), 2323905 (Res.), +91 9415583389 (Mobile), Email:

so  as to reach him on or before 15 October 2018.


Papers are also invited for the following Prizes:

A. K. Agarwal Prize for Best Publication of the Year carrying a certificate and a cash prize will be awarded to a mathematician (below 45 year of age) working at an Indian University/ Institute for his paper published/accepted in the preceding year of the Conference in the areas influenced by Ramanujan which include special functions, number theory, q-series, mock theta functions etc. Applicants for this prize should send one hard copy of the paper and a pdf of the same to Prof. A. K. Agarwal, Center for Advance Study in Mathematics, Punjab University, Chandigarh- 160014 ( along with the copy of the acceptance letter if the paper has been accepted but not published by 30 September 2018.

Aruna Gupta Prize and M. I. Qureshi Prize for Best Paper Presentation, each carrying a certificate and a cash prize will be given to an Indian mathematician (below 35 years of age). Five copies of the paper to be considered for the prize along with the abstract may be sent to Dr. S. Ahmad Ali (Department of Mathematics, Babu Banarasi Das University, Faizabad Road, Lucknow 226 028 (UP), India Tel: +91 52 3911065 (Off), 2323905, +91 9415583389 (Mobile) Email: ) by 15 October 2018.

At the top of each copy of the paper the name of the prize should be indicated. The papers to be presented for consideration for prize should be under single authorship. The stress will be given on both quality of research as well as performance during presentation.


A.M. Mathai Research Excellence Award


Nominations are invited for Nominations are invited for A. M. Mathai Research Excellence Award. The award carries a Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/- that will be presented on November 24, 2018 during ICSFA – 2018. The award is given to a mathematician for his Contributions to the Theory of Special Functions and its impact/applications in the field, other branches of mathematics, statistics, physical/natural/biological sciences, technology and industry. Any one, irrespective of his/her nationality, working in the related area and below the age 45 years may apply or can be nominated. The awardee shall be invited to deliver a Talk on his/her work in ICSFA-2018.

Nominations are invited for 2018 Award. The nominations can be submitted through email  ( to Prof M. A. Pathan, General Secretary, SSFA. The application/nomination should accompany (i) a brief description of the research work that qualifies the candidate for the award, written in terms that are accessible to mathematicians of different backgrounds, including references to the candidate's important papers (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) consent of the candidate, if nomination is made by other person. The last date for application/nomination is September 30, 2018.




Persons willing to participate should register themselves online using the link below before 20 October 2018 30 October 2018. The following registration fee is applicable

  Fee Before
Last Date
Fee, if paid  after
Last Date
On Spot
Registration Fee

India Delegates

INR 3000/- INR 4000/- INR 5000/-

Indian Students

INR 2500/- INR 3000/- INR 4000/-

Foriegn Participants

$ 200 $ 250 $ 250

Accompanying person (indian)

INR 2500 INR 2500 INR 2500

Accompanying person (Foriegn)

$ 150 $ 150 $ 150

Annual Membership fee Rs 200/- to be paid by non-members of SSFA.

The Registration fee can be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favor of "
Dept.  of Basic Sciences , Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirapally" payable at Federal Bank Kanjirapally. The fee can also be paid online, the bank detail is as under

Name of Account: Dept.  of Basic Sciences
Name of Bank:
Federal Bank,
A/c No.:
IFSC Code:

The Demand Draft for registration fee should be sent directly to the Convener. Delegates paying the fee through the electronic transfer are requested to communicate the details  to the convener  by e-mail.

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The local hospitality of all invited delegates will be taken care by the organizers. However, the local hospitality including accommodation during the conference to other registered participants may be offered subject to the availability of funds. Special accommodation in hotels can also be arranged on request. The accommodation grant request (subject to the availability of funds) of only those registered participants will be considered who have remitted the registration fee before due date.


Finanacial Support


Financial support for travel (in India) may be provided to some of the participants subject to the availability of funds. However, we cannot commit this in advance. The participants are encouraged to arrange the funds for travel from their own institution/funding agencies. However, all the participants and the accompanying persons will be provided local hospitality.


About Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally



About Kanjirappally



For further details contact:
Dr. Deepa H. Nair
Convener, ICSFA-2018
Department of Basic Sciences
Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kerala (India)
Tel.: +91 8547716941




  • Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Indian, New Delhi

  • Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment

  • Indian Society for Technical Education