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Maths can take you anywhere

education Updated: May 26, 2010 09:31 IST
Ajay Kumar

Mathematics is among the most fascinating of all intellectual disciplines, the purest of all art forms. The study of mathematics is not only exciting, but also important.

Students who have studied mathematics have an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping solve problems in such diverse fields as medicine, management, economics, banking, government, insurance, computer science, physics, psychology, engineering, bio-mathematics, bio-informatics and weather forecasting.

Career options
A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics will prepare you for fascinating jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modelling, cryptography, computer science; for teaching at both school and college level and a research career in mathematics, statistics, physics and bio-informatics. A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of computer science, social science, engineering, physics and nuclear science.

Skill sets required
The skills required for studying mathematics: posing questions, analysing, translating and illustrating results, drawing diagrams, applying rules of logic, recognising relevant facts and subjecting conclusions to scrutiny.

Institutions at a glance
Most universities offer the BSc (Hons.) programme in mathematics. At the University of Delhi, 32 colleges conduct this programme. Some of the popular colleges for mathematics honours in Delhi University are:
. St Stephen’s College
. Hans Raj College
. Lady Shri Ram College for Women
. Kirori Mal College
. Sri Venkateswara College

Some popular colleges/ institutes for mathematics in India are:
. Loyola College, Chennai
. Presidency College, Kolkata
. St Xavier’s College, Mumbai
. Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore (for BMath)
. Chennai Mathematical Institute (for BSc in mathematics and computer science)

The author is professor at Department of Mathematics, University of Delhi.