Theoretical computer science has been a vibrant part of computing research in India for the past 30 years. India has always had a strong mathematical tradition. One could also argue that in the 1980s and 1990s, theory offered a unique opportunity to keep up with international research in computing despite limited access to state-of-the-art hardware.
The Annual International Conference Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS) was launched in 1981. FSTTCS2 allowed Indian researchers a natural opportunity to interact with leading academics worldwide.
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