Delhi University's undergraduate course in mathematics involves more than just number crunching. The course, which was revised in 2009 and brought under the semester mode in 2011, provides the option to study Gandhi, chemistry, philosophy, to name a few, alongside. The mathematics course was recast and came to be known only as B.Sc (honours) mathematics, the erstwhile (B.A) honours in mathematics were merged with it. When it comes to cutoffs in science courses, mathematics (honours) is second only to physics (honours). The course is offered in 30 DU colleges.
"The course was revised to make it more application oriented," said associate professor at Zakir Husain Delhi College, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja. Last year, Hindu College recorded the highest first cutoff is 95%-97% followed by Lady Shri Ram with 95.5%. Hans Raj was the third college with a cutoff of 95% and above. The first cutoffs at Daulat Ram, Kirori Mal and Ramjas colleges were 90% and above. Eligibility: Students from all streams are eligible, provided they have studied maths in Class XII. It should be included in the best of four subjects along with at least one language.
"Students with an aptitude for the subject and with a best of four aggregate of 80% and above stand a good chance of securing a seat in the course. General candidates with 75% and above should apply for this course. Since the number of high scorers in mathematics saw a dip this year, the cutoff may also relax a little," said Tuteja, who is also the deputy dean of students' welfare. Content: The University has repackaged the syllabus to include more of practical aspects and allow exposure to other subjects, ranging from physics to philosophy.
Students from non-science backgrounds with mathematics as a subject in Class XII can apply. There are 18 compulsory papers and one optional paper. "Furthermore, there are five credit courses. Students now get to choose from a variety of credit courses. For instance, a student from humanities background can take credit courses in humanities, while a commerce student can take up courses related to his subject," said Tuteja. The compulsory subjects include abstract algebra, with linear algebra and analysis.
Courses on probability theory, C++ programming and numerical methods, differential equations and mathematics modelling allow scope for applications. Road ahead: The broad range of subjects, methodology of learning as well as computing skills developed during the three years open up a plethora of opportunities. "A mathematics graduate can opt for a master's programme, research, academics, teaching and even computation. The course is also a springboard for a career in management, insurance, banking, statistics and operation research, etc. All options right from hotel management and tourism to actuarial science and insurance are open to students of mathematics," said Tuteja.
Courtesy: Times of India