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.

Fee Structure

FEE FOR SUS PROGRAMMES

Rs. 16,800 per semester will be charged as the full semester fees. The total fee payable at the time of admission will be Rs.16,800 (for Semester 1) and a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 5,000 for the use of university facilities along with Rs 500 as contribution for student welfare for the semester.

The vision guiding AUD is the commitment that prospective students learn to value and appreciate the social privileges they enjoy because of the heavy subsidy that goes into public institutions of higher education in India. Therefore, a minimum proportion of the cost actually to be incurred by the University for each of its students is reflected in the fee being set per semester. Based on this philosophy, AUD has instituted a differential fee structure for different programmes, with an understanding that the upper slab is envisaged not to be so high that only a particular segment of society could afford it and the lower slab not so low that the sense of responsibility among the students goes missing.

  • The differential fee structure ranges from Rs1050 per credit of course work for most of the courses.
  • The fees for most programmes is Rs16800/- per semester,
  • In addition students are required to pay Rs.500/- per semester toward Student Welfare Fund
  • Rs.5000/- is to be paid as refundable security deposit.

It may be noted that at present the fee constitutes not more than 10 per cent of the operational cost. At the same time, it is the stated policy of the University to ensure that no deserving prospective student, as far as possible, is denied the opportunity of studying at AUD merely due to her/his inability to pay the fees.

FEE WAIVER AND SCHOLARSHIPS

The University offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers.

The University has also created a student welfare fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence.

Procedure for applying for Fee waiver and Scholarships

  • At the time of admission, a student can apply for fee waiver by submitting supporting documents.

  • If provisionally admitted to a programme, s/he will be permitted to take admission without having to pay the fee.

  • Students, whose combined family income is less than Rs 400000/-, will be eligible for fee waiver. A student will continue to receive fee waiver provided he/she is found regular in attending classes and maintains acceptable level of performance in studies.

  • SC/ST/PwD students are advised to submit their application in the month of February for Scholarships under the SC/ST/PwD categories for the academic session of that year.

Student Welfare Fund:

The University has created 'Student Welfare Fund' with the objective of making financial assistance available for meeting the welfare needs of needy students, such as emergent medical assistance, purchase of books & study material, meeting the boarding & lodging expenses equivalent to the amount that is required to avail of AUD hostel facilities, and any other comparable needs of the student.

An amount of Rs.500/- per semester is collected from all students towards 'Student Welfare Fund' and an amount equal to that collected from students shall be contributed by the University to this fund. The Student Welfare Fund is managed and monitored by a committee which includes a nominee of the student community.

Through the fee structure as well as the exemptions offered, AUD hopes to inculcate a social sensitivity in its students – to respect what they enjoy as privileges and to be able to serve society in their future professional capacities.

REFUND OF FEES - University Policy

Time Period for refund in a particular programme of study

Amount to be deducted

Before Orientation Rs. 1,000
After Orientation Only caution deposit would be refunded

  • The decision of the Admission Committee on all matters of admission will be final.

  • The jurisdiction of any dispute will be limited to the NCT of Delhi.

 

Admission Procedure

Admission Updates

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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.