The goal of this course is to introduce the student, in a span of two weeks, to the rudimentary theory of modular forms. Lectures will be given by Prof. Ram Murty, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Queen's University, Canada.

Eligibility and prerequisites

The students who are in their master's programme (or have already finished their masters degree) in Mathematics are eligible to apply. However, candidates with bachelor's degree with a strong background are also encouraged to apply.

The necessary prerequisites for the participants are as follows :
  • Complex Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Group Theory
  • Ring Theory
Additionally, some exposure to Basic Number Theory is also encouraged.

Application Procedure

  • All interested candidates will have to register for this course on the GIAN portal.
  • After the GIAN registration candidates will also have to complete the online application form.
  • Student applicants should arrange for a letter of recommendation and copies of transcripts to be sent to :
Course registration Fee

The selected participants will be required to pay a course registration fee of Rs. 500/- (This is separate from the GIAN portal registration fee). This fee includes accommodation and course material, but does not include food expenses.


There will be a one day conference on Modular Forms on 4th September, 2016 after the program ends. In case GIAN participants are interested to attend the conference, please write to with the subject line "A request to attend the conference on Modular forms". There is no extra registration charge to attend the conference for the participants of "A short course on Modular Forms". You may plan your travel accordingly.

Important Dates

  MAY 23, 2016 Last Date for accepting applications for participation
 MAY 30, 2016 Announcement of names of selected participants
 AUG 24, 2016 Registration and commencement of the course
 SEP 4, 2016 One day conference on Modular Forms