BA Honours with a Major in Mathematics

Programme Description

An Honours degree in Mathematics today enjoys the status of being one of the most sought after undergraduate degrees not just because it can provide excellent career options, but also because Mathematics is a discipline which inherently promotes the ability to analyse, think logically, model and solve problems. It also has far reaching applications in real life. These are as varied as analysis of election results, predicting weather, modelling and imaging diseases, security protocols used in email, online and credit and debit card transactions. Mathematics also has applications in many other disciplines of the Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities.

An Honours degree in Mathematics at the undergraduate level thus is one of the most versatile degrees in terms of skills, knowledge base and career options. The BA Honours with a Major in Mathematics at AUD will provide the opportunity to develop all the above abilities and at the same time greatly enhance the computational skills. The flexible frame-work of the credit based semester system at AUD provides a perfect opportunity to build a strong foundation in modern Mathematics as well as being able to explore other disciplines.

A student has to earn at least 96 credits in a prescribed manner to graduate with a three-year BA Honours degree in Mathematics at AUD. Of these at least 48 credits have to be earned via core mathematics courses.

The Discipline Courses in Mathematics fall into two main categories: Core courses, Optional courses. The core courses are compulsory for all students of BA Honours Mathematics. There will be 12 Mathematics Discipline core courses each of 4 credits available in Semesters 2-6. The core courses in Mathematics cover Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Analysis, Differential equations, Probability and statistics, Numerical analysis and Linear Optimisation. Optional courses provide a wide variety of courses comprising of Discrete Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Lattices and Boolean Algebra, Number Theory and Cryptography, Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematical Modeling.

To bring out the applicatory nature and effectiveness of Mathematics, real life examples and use of technology are emphasised.

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered through a total number of 96 credits over six semesters. The programme consists of two types of courses, Core or compulsory courses and elective courses. The core courses in mathematics will cover abstract algebra, real analysis, numerical analysis, probability and statistics, differential equations and linear optimization. A wide variety of elective courses in Mathematics will cover topics like mathematical finance, actuarial mathematics, number theory and cryptography, advanced algebra, advanced analysis, mathematical modelling and so on.

Computational skills and programming skills will be taught through extensive practical lessons. Students may also transfer from one Major to another subject to certain specified criteria. The course comprises tutorial and lab sessions, workshops and seminars etc.

Eligibility

10 + 2 with 50% marks from a recognised board. Relaxation of 5% will be given to candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Disabled (PD) Categories. In addition, the student must have studied Mathematics as a subject at the 10 + 2 level. The student should have obtained a minimum of 60% in Mathematics. Further, the marks obtained in Mathematics in the XII Board Examination must be included in the calculation of the aggregate of the `Best Four Subjects’ of the XII Board Examination.

 

Faculty

The Mathematics faculty at AUD is a group of six well-qualified mathematicians who are part of the School of Liberal Studies and The School of Undergraduate Studies. Guest, Visiting and Adjunct faculty are also brought in to help teach some courses. 

  • Dr Geetha Venkataraman, Professor: Geetha Venkataraman did her PhD from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral work was in Group Theory, (part of abstract algebra); She has done research on questions related to enumeration of finite groups and has several publications to her credit including a research monograph `Enumeration of Finite Groups’ (co-authored with Simon R Blackburn and Peter M Neumann) and published by Cambridge University Press, UK. Her research interests in mathematics, still centre on various aspects of finite group theory. She also has a keen interest in Undergraduate Mathematics Education as well as on questions related to Gender and Mathematics. Before joining AUD Geetha Venkataraman taught for many years at St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi.
  • Dr Saroj Bala Malik, Associate Professor, Visiting Faculty (January-May 2013): Dr Malik did her PhD from Florida State University, Florida, USA. Her area of research is Commutative Ring Theory (a part of abstract algebra). She has several research publications in her area. Her current areas of interest are Number Theory and Linear algebra. Before joining AUD as a visiting faculty, Dr Malik was an Associate Professor in Hindu College, University of Delhi, Delhi.
  • Dr Panay Goswami, Assistant Professor: Dr Goswami did his PhD from University of Rajasthan. His work is on Complex Analysis and Fractional Calculus. He has several research papers in his area. Before joining AUD, Dr Goswami was a Senior Lecturer at AMITY University Rajasthan.
  • Dr Ramneek Khassa, Assistant Professor: Dr Khassa did her PhD in Commutative Ring Theory (a part of abstract algebra) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her research area is Valuation Theory. Before joining AUD, Dr. Khassa was an Assistant Professor at PGDAV College, University of Delhi.
  • Dr Balchand Prajapati, Assistant Professor: Dr Prajapati did his PhD in Group Rings (a part of abstract algebra) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Before joining AUD Dr Prajapati was a Visiting Faculty at Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Goa Campus.
  • Ms Divya Bhambri, Academic Fellow: Ms Divya Bhambri did her MPhil degree from University of Delhi. The topic of her MPhil Thesis was “Fuzzy Bounded Linear Operators”.


Mathematically trained faculty from other Schools also help with teaching of courses suited to their specialisations. Dr Anshu Gupta (SBPPSE), Dr Rakhi Bannerjee (SES) and Dr Arindam Bannerjee (Economics, SLS) have helped in teaching either mathematics courses or the compulsory foundation course titled Logic and reasoning.

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Activities and Events

Mathematics Society

A vibrant and lively society, the Mathematics Society at Ambedkar University began its existence last year with a talk by Dr Shailesh Shirali, Director of Sahyadri School (KFI), Pune and Head of Community Mathematics Centre (`CoMaC'), Rishi Valley School (KFI), AP. Dr Shirali enlightened the students with a talk entitled “Bakhshali Square Root Approximation”. The Society also organised a second talk entitled ‘Model for Indian vegetable market bargaining’ by Professor Krishna B. Athreya, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. Plans for the academic session 2013-2014 are as follows:

  1. Fresher Welcome: A week after the Orientation.
  2. Lecture/ Film Screening: Sometimes towards the end/ first week of August/ September 2013.
  3. Lectures/ Work Shop on Mathematics and Modelling: After end semester examinations in December 2013.
  4. Second Film Screening: end January, 2014
  5. Lecture: end March, 2014

Workshops

A workshop on “Programming with C++” will be held from July 15th–July 19th, 2013. Students of AUD with mathematics up to XII grade level can apply to be part of the workshop. It is compulsory for students who wish to take the course M05-Numerical Analysis.

More details on studying BA Honours with a major in Mathematics can be sought by writing to geetha@aud.ac.in.