Please note the symposium which was scheduled for 20-21st June 2020 has been postponed.  A revised date will be announced at the end of May 2020. 

  • Appoint the Scientific Organization Committee, August 1st, 2019 
  • Early Announcement to Scholars – August 9th, 2019 
  • Create a Webpage and Announce the Symposium: 16th September, 2019
  • Request for Abstracts from the scholars: 19th September, 2019
  • Receive abstracts:  31st, December 2019
  • Selection of the Speakers and send invitations by SOC: 31st, January 2020
  • Symposium Dates: 20th and 21st, June 2020
Guidelines for Abstracts
Guideline for Papers and Presentations
Travel Arrangements

To be updated soon

Suggested Topics

Sponsored by:

Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) and The Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB)


Jain philosophy, having always had a pragmatic and empirical view of natural phenomena, espouses the belief that the Universe operates based on certain laws which are inviolable. In this sense it is very similar to current scientific principles. In the ancient Jain literature (400 BC – 800 AD), there are numerous advanced mathematical treatises like set theory, theory of series and sequences, combinatorics, logarithms, number theory, early algebra and trigonometry, varied concepts of infinite numbers, applications of zeros, astronomy, and logic systems.  In the last 100 years, many Indian and non-Indian scholars have performed voluminous research studying varied mathematical topics presented in the ancient Jain scriptures and Jain oral traditions, dating back to 1000 – 2400 years ago. The purpose of this symposium is to elaborate upon new areas of research in the field of Jaina mathematics and to highlight the distinct features of Jaina mathematics in ancient Jain scriptures.

We would like see some papers on transmission between Arabic, Greek, Chinese, and Jain mathematics;  unpublished Jain mathematical texts in Tamil, Kannada, and other Indian languages and their antiquity; Jain number theory and its uniqueness; earliest positional notations, Jaina concept of infinity and modern infinity; unique and independent contributions of Jain mathematics in the outside world.

 Other essays and papers which have discussions on topics such as zeros, number theory, positional numeration in the earlier compiled scriptures or oral traditions are also welcome.


Organizing Committee:

Pankajkumar K Shah, Boston, USA;
Dr. Sulekh Jain, Las Vegas, USA;
Dr. Manoj Jain, Emory Univ. USA;
Dr. Anupam Jain, Indore, India;
Dr. Devavrat Shah, MIT, USA


Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

Dr. Catherine Morice-Singh, Paris, France
Dr. Ken Pugh, Yale Univ. USA
Dr. Surender K Jain, Ohio Univ. USA



Mahesh Wadher, Los Angeles, President

JAINA-Long Range Planning Committee

JAINA-Academic Liaison Committee


Jain Center of Greater Boston

Haresh Tamboli,
Boston, President



Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA 02139, USA

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