India will for the first time play host to the International Congress of Mathematicians, which will be held in Hyderabad in August.
"Math is coming into play with society in a big way. While physics and engineering have always been combined with math, subjects like economics, sociology and biology have also started deploying math," S G Dani, chairperson of the National Board for Higher Mathematics and professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, said on Wednesday.
Starting August 19, the nine-day meet will also announce Fields Medals - equivalent of the Nobel Prize - for mathematicians with outstanding contributions. This year, three mathematicians of Indian origin are among the contenders.
The Congress, which is held every four years, is expected to see close to 3,500 delegates from across the world. Pre-registrations by delegates have already touched 5,500.
A two-day International Congress of Women Mathematicians - a first - will precede the meet.
"Mathematicians are an aloof community. But we need to make the general population aware of the importance of math for societal progress," said Dani. "The Congress, which is an indicator of the progress of math in India, will be an effort towards creating that awareness."