There’s good news for math students planning to venture into the field of mass media.
Jamia Millia Islamia’s academic council has given the green light to a Mathematics-Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) meta-university course. The JMI move follows Delhi University’s launch of four-year meta-college programmes.
“This is essentially a Master’s in mathematics education course. Graduate students who have studied two semesters of math are eligible to apply for the course,” said a JMI spokesperson.
While this inter-disciplinary course will also include concepts of math, proponents of the course maintained that its applications would also extend to everyday life.
However, it is students of mass communication who will benefit twice as much, since the course will heavily employ concepts taught to mass communication students at Jamia's MCRC.
“While the mathematical aspect of the course will be taught by DU professors, students will be able to use these concepts along with technology to understand the role of mathematics in mass communication. For example, cyber media uses mathematical concepts heavily when deciding on the number of hits and clicks,” she added.
The course — which is spread out over four semesters — has 20 seats for the first batch. However, the classes will be distributed between the two universities with 10 students undertaking the course in DU and 10 in JMI. Yet, all students will ultimately get a joint degree.
While the modalities of rolling out the course by the end of September are still underway, students are now looking forward to, what they perceive will be, a paradigm shift in Indian education.
“The two faculties of the respective universities are good. This will finally break the age old straight-jacketed method of doing an MBA or a regular Master's,” said Sourav Shukla, who did an honours course in math from DU.