The combined Department of Mathematics and Statistics came into existence in November 1976, with the major objective of developing it to a Centre of Excellence in this region in mathematical sciences and applications and to provide facilities for training, study and research in these areas. This Department was bifurcated to form an independent Department of Mathematics on 1st January 1996. The Department conducts two Masters Degree programmes, one in Mathematics and another in Operations Research and Computer Applications, an M.Phil. Programme in Mathematics and Ph.D. programme. The students of the M.Sc. (O.R. and C.A) programme find employment in software development centers and R & D institutions. Students of M.Sc. (Mathematics) generally take up teaching positions or opt for research. The Department has produced about 60 Ph.D.s and has published about 270 research papers in refereed journals. Apart from giving instruction in post graduate courses, the Department has from the very beginning taken the leadership in promoting research in mathematics and its applications, especially in this part of the country. This was realized in a two-fold way one, by guiding young researchers to do their doctoral work and two, by conducting extension programmes which will improve the instruction at the P.G. level in colleges and encourage youngsters to take up research. Thrust areas of research are Stochastic Control theory, Retrial Queues, Mathematical Finance, Graph Theory, Combinatorial Convexity Theory, Deterministic Field Theories, Fuzzy Mathematics, Wavelet Analysis, Operator Theory, Fractal Geometry, Topology, Topological Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics. The department has been receiving a library grant from NBHM since 1991. The department library has about 7500 books and subscribes to 12 Indian and 3 foreign journals, Mathematical Reviews and Mathscinet. Also the department has been co-ordinating the Mathematical Olympiads and related training programmes for school children with the assistance of NBHM since 1990.