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Maths (Hons) gets a makeover

education Updated: May 29, 2009 13:38 IST
Swaha Sahoo
Swaha Sahoo
Hindustan Times
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So you think Maths Honours is a stodgy, theoretical course that won't get you a job? You may change your mind if you are opting for the subject at Delhi University.

Students opting for Maths can now look forward to a market-friendly, job-oriented and inter-disciplinary syllabus. The revised syllabus—changed after 18 years— has done away with BA/BSc (H) Math and given a single BSc degree. It has also integrated computer software such as Matlab and Mathematica.

“The software will help students visualise the problem with the help of 3-D illustrations of figures,” said Prof Dinesh Singh, Director (South Campus) and chairman of the Empowered Committee set up to look into the revision.

Market-friendly

Application is the buzzword here.
“For instance, a student should be able to use the software to map the orbit of Chandrayan or measure the circumference of the earth," said Singh.

“There are two reasons why companies do not favour DU Math graduates,” said Pankaj Garg, assistant Math professor at Rajdhani College.

“Our students don't have computer knowledge and are not taught application-based Math. New papers such as financial math, applied algebra and cryptography will address this .”

Math student not=nerd

The unique thing about the revised syllabus is that it’ll give students a chance to study Literature, Environment, Psychology and other subjects through a credit system.

In the first and second year, students have to take two credit courses of 50 marks each apart from the regular papers.
“A mathematician should understand society, history, and science in order to be the best in his subject,” said Singh.