Society for Special Functions & their Applications




International Conference on Special Functions & Applications (ICSFA 2014)

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


Symposium on Applications of Mathematics to Engineering Sciences

October 16-18, 2014

Organized by

   School of Mathematics and Computer Applications
   Thapar University, Patiala 147004 (Punjab), India



School of Mathematics and Computer Applications, Thapar University is organizing the XIII annual conference of society for special functions and their applications. This conference will provide a common platform for interaction, exchange of ideas and latest development in the field of Special Functions and various related fields of Mathematical sciences. The day to day activities during the conference are designed to be interactive, involving sessions like plenary lectures, invited talks and paper presentation sessions, covering a wide range of topics including Special Functions, Lie Theory, Orthogonal Polynomials, Fractional Calculus, Number Theory, Combinatorics, q-theory etc.



Foreign Invited Speakers

          H.M. Srivastava, Canada
          B.C. Berndt, USA
          G. Dattoli, Italy
          D. Karp, Russia
          M.D. Hirschhorn, Australia
          Tim Huber, USA
          H.L. Manocha, USA
          P. E Ricci, Italy
          P. N. Rathi, Brazil
          Nico Temme, Netherland
          Maged Bin-Sad, Yaman
          A. Hasanov, Korea

Indian Invited Speakers

          A.K. Agarwal, Chandigarh
          S. Ahmad Ali, Lucknow
          P. K. Banerji, Jodhpur
          N. D. Barua, Tezpur
          S. Bhargava, Mysore
          R.R. Bhargava, Roorkee
          A.K. Chongdar, Kolkata
          A.G. Das, Kalyani
          Mridula Garg, Jaipur
          S.P. Goyal, Jaipur
          Azhar Husain, Patna
          Subuhi Khan, Aligarh
          S. L. Kalla, Jodhpur
          M.A. Khan, Aligarh
          A.M. Mathai, Kerala
          M. S. Mahadev Naika, Banglore
          R. S. Pathak, Varanasi
          M.A. Pathan, Aligarh
          M.I. Qureshi, Delhi
          R.K. Raina, Udaipur
          Vivek Sahai, Lucknow
          R. K. Saxena, Jodhpur
          S. N. Singh, Jaunpur
          M.J.S.Shahwan, Bahrain
          A.K. Shukla, Surat
          D. D. Somshekharan, Mysore
          K. Srinivasa Rao, Chennai
          S.Ponnusamy, Chennai
          A. Swaminathan, Roorkee
          N.K. Thakare, Pune
          C. Adiga, Mysore
          V.P. Saxena, Bhopal



The organizers of the conference invite papers for presentation. The full length paper (along with abstracts not exceeding 150 words) intended for presentation should be sent preferably by email ssfaindia@gmail.com) or by post to

Dr. S. Ahmad Ali
Dean, School of Applied Sciences
BBD University
Faizabad Road, Lucknow 226 028 (UP), India

Residence: 292, Chandralok, Aliganj, Lucknow 226024 (U.P.), India
Tel: +91 52 3911065 (Off), 2323905 (Res.), 9415583389 (Mobile), Email: ali.sahmad@yahoo.com

  Final submission of paper should be on or before August 31, 2014.


Papers are also invited for the following Prizes:

A. K. Agarwal Prize for Best Publication of the Year of the Year carrying a certificate and cash prize will be awarded to a Mathematician (below 45 years of age) working at an Indian University/ Institute for his paper Published/ Accepted in the previous year (i.e. 2013) of the Conference in the areas influenced by Ramanujan which includes special functions, number theory, q-series, mock theta functions etc. Applicants for this prize should send three hard copies by post and a soft copy as email attachment of their papers to Prof. A.K. Agarwal, Centre for Advance Study in Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014 (aka@pu.ac.in) along with the copy of the acceptance letter if the paper has been accepted but not published by August 14, 2014. The papers submitted in this category should be under single authorship.

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, Departments of mathematics, BBD University, BBD City, Faizabad road, Lucknow 227105 (U.P), India (Res: 292, Chandarlok, Aliganj, Lucknow 226024 (U.P), India) Tel: +91-523911065(Off), 2323905(Res.), 9415583389(Mobile)) Email: ali.sahmad@yahoo.com) by August 31, 2014. 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 qualities of research as well as performance during presentation..



Foreign Delegates                                 US $ 250
Accompanying Foreign Delegates         US $ 200
Indian Delegates                                   Rs. 2000
Accompanying person (indian)             Rs. 1500
Research scholars /students               Rs. 1000

An annual membership fee Rs 200/- to be paid by non-members of SSFA.

The registration fee may be paid through Demand Draft in favor of ICSFA 2014 payable at Patiala (Mentioning Participant’s Name, Mobile no. and Address on back) and must be sent to

Dr. Meenakshi Rana
Convener, ICSFA 2014
School of Mathematics and Computer Applications
Thapar University, Patiala - 147004, India.147004
Tel.: +91 9646014128
Email: mrana@thapar.edu

The registration must be done online by September 15, 2014. Click here to register Online.

The Registration fee includes boarding and lodging, which will be arranged at various guesthouse/ hostels. However the accommodations in University guest house/ hostels are subject to availability/first-come-first-serve basis. The Hotel accommodation will be available on your own expenses.



Thapar University came into existence in 1956 as an engineering college named Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology to produce high quality professionals to cater for the needs of newly Independent India. The institute was granted full autonomy and status of a deemed university in 1985 by the University Grant Commission. The university offers academic programs at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and doctorate levels at various disciplines. Since its inception, the university has grown in size and activities with its alumni excelled within the industry, academics and administration both in India and abroad.



Patiala district is one of the famous princely states of erstwhile Punjab. Forming the south-eastern part of the state, it lies between 29°49’ and 30°47’ north latitude, 75°58’ and 76°54' east longitude. It is the fourth largest city in the state and is located around the Qila Mubarak (the Fortunate Castle). It is surrounded by the districts of Fatehgarh Sahib & Rupnagar and the Union Territory of Chandigarh in the north, Sangrur district in the west, Ambala and Kurukshetra districts of neighboring state of Haryana in the east and Kaithal district of Haryana in the south. In popular culture, the city remains famous for its traditional turban (a type of headgear), paranda (a tasseled tag for braiding hair), patiala salwar (a type of female trousers) jutti (a type of footwear).



By Rail: From New Delhi, take New Delhi- Bhatinda Inter City Express or the Shatabdi Express to Ambala, and then hire a taxi for the drive to Patiala.

By Road: Patiala lies just off the excellent National Highway #1 (Delhi-Amritsar) and is about 250 Km from Delhi. The journey via Ambala Cantt. takes about 5 hours. You can also drive to Patiala from Chandigarh, via Zirakpur (on NH 22), and Rajpura. The PRTC Bus Stand Patiala enquiry no is 0175-2311718.

By Air: Patiala is not having any international/domestic airport .The nearest International Airports are at Delhi and Amritsar. The Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi is at a distance of around 250 Km from Patiala. The International Airport Amritsar is around 235 Km from Patiala. The nearest Domestic Airport is at Chandigarh which is around 70 Km from Patiala. The exact flight schedules should be checked from the official website of these airports or the Airlines.

Accommodation: Patiala has a few budget and 3-star hotels. However, Chandigarh and Ludhiana, both over an hour's drive away, offer varied options, including deluxe hotels. The Hotel accomodation for the participants can be arranged on actual payment basis, some of the options are as below.
Hotel Status                Suits                Premium          Executive           Delux                Normal            Taxes
www.hoteltng.com 3 star INR 5995/- INR 4200/- INR 3590/- n/a n/a excluded
www.hotelgrandpark.com 2 star INR 3111/- INR 2592/- INR 2280/- INR 1969/- n/a included
www.hotellazeez.com Budget n/a n/a INR 2000/- INR 1500/- INR 1000/- included



            Chief Patron:                   Dr. Prakash Gopalan, Director, Thapar University
            Patron:                             Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Head, SMCA, Thapar University
            Convener:                         Dr. Meenakshi Rana
            Co-Convener:                   Dr. Satish Kumar
            Organizing Secretaries:   Dr. Ankush Pathania & Dr. Jatinderdeep Kaur



          A.K. Agarwal, Chandigarh
          S. Ahmad Ali, Lucknow
          P. K. Banerji, Jodhpur
          S. Bhargava, Mysore
          Claudio Cuevas, Brazil
          R.Y. Denis
          Lokmath Debnath, USA
          R.Gorenflo, Germany
          A. Gustafson, USA
          Hans J. Haubold, Austria
          M. A. Husain, Patna
          Yuan He, China
          C.M. Joshi, Udaipur
          Subhi Khan, Aligarh
          Francesco Mainadi, Italy
          M. A. Pathan, Aligarh
          R.S. Pathak, Varanasi
          S. N. Singh, Jaunpur
          N.K. Thakare, Pune



Faculty and Staff, School of Mathematics and Computer Applications, Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India.



Last date to send papers for A. K. Agarwal Prize:                 August 14, 2014
Last date to send papers for M.I. Qureshi Prize:                   August 31, 2014
Last date to send papers for A. Gupta Prize:                        August 31, 2014
Last date to send full length paper presentation:                 August 31, 2014
Acceptance of Paper:                                                           September 5, 2014
Last date of receipt of registration:                                       September 15, 2014

For further details, Contact:

Dr. Meenakshi Rana, Convener
School of Mathematics and Computer Applications
Thapar University
Patiala 147004 (Punjab), India
Tel.: +91 9646014128
Email: mrana@thapar.edu

Dr. Satish kumar, Co-Convener
School of Mathematics and Computer Applications
Thapar University
Patiala 147004 (Punjab), India
Tel.: +91-9780493782

Dr. Ankush Pathania, Organizing Secretary
School of Mathematics and Computer Applications
Thapar University
Patiala 147004 (Punjab), India
Tel.: +91-9417187801