For the first time in 17 years, the undergraduate Math syllabus of Delhi University will be discussed in an Academic Council (AC) meeting to be held on July 12. The move comes after DU’s Standing Committee on Academic Affairs gave the go ahead for the controversial revised Math syllabus for BA/BSc (H) students, thus clearing the path for its smooth passage in the AC meeting.
The revised syllabus, however— which will do away with BA/BSc (H) Math and give a singular BSc degree—would be implemented from the next academic session.
“Since admissions to both BA and BSc Honours Math have taken place under different cut-offs, it is not legally possible to merge the two now. Moreover, teachers will need time to prepare for the new syllabus, that has integrated computer software such as Matlab, Mathematica and Maple,” said a member of the Standing Committee on conditions of anonymity.
Architects of the revised syllabus have maintained the revisions will make DU’s Math course market friendly and students will easily find jobs. “Moreover, the software will help students visualise the problem with the help of 3D illustrations of figures,” said Geeta Venkataraman, Reader of Math at St Stephen’s College and a member of the Empowered Committee set up to look into the revision.