Starting this academic session, students taking up Mathematics (Hons) at the Delhi University can expect to be greeted by a brand new revamped course. The course, being revised after 17 long years, is waiting for approval from the Academic Council of the University which will be given an affirmation at the Council meeting on July 12.
The new course will be an amalgamation of the present B Sc (Hons) and BA (Hons) Mathematics courses and shall be called B Sc (Hons) Mathematics.
The course is all set for a modernised approach to the subject. The university will be incorporating computer applications in all the papers. Also, for the first time, a brand new paper- Financial Mathematics- is being introduced that will greatly help students desirous of pursuing actuarial sciences. Also, the new course shall do away with the obsolete computer programming language, FORTRAN 77, replacing it with C++.
“Students earlier lost out on good job opportunities as the existing course doesn't really have computer applications. The new course will greatly enhance job avenues for students doing Maths (Hons),” says Pankaj Kumar Garg, a member of DU's Academic Council and a senior lecturer of Mathematics at Rajdhani College.
As far as infrastructure needs are concerned, all colleges will require separate computer labs for Mathematics, upgraded with the software required for the course. The university will also conduct workshops in order to acquaint teachers with the software to be used under the new course