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BSc in Mathematics

Explore quantity, shape, structure and change, and engage in discovery and conjecture.

Introduction

To do mathematics is to engage in an act of discovery and conjecture, intuition and inspiration: to be in a state of confusion — not because it makes no sense to you, but because you gave it sense and you still don’t understand what your creation is upto: to have a breakthrough idea; to be be frustrated as an artist; to be awed and overwhelmed by an almost painful beauty…”
 — A Mathematician’s Lament’ by Paul Lockhart.

A study of mathematics can help you develop the capacity to solve a wide range of problems. It can provide a backdrop to various forms of learning and is useful and necessary for other academic disciplines, from the pure sciences to the humanities. Mathematics is very relevant for data collection, analysis and mathematical models are empowering tools for students to understand several problems. 

But traditional mathematical learning has often been reduced to rote learning and memorisation. Mathematician John Allen Paulos refers to this as innumeracy” and a void in the understanding and application of mathematical ideas. 

We believe that mathematics needs to address this gap, and help you understand the rich practice of the subject for the changing needs of the world in which we live. 

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We use progressive pedagogical practices in maths.

We help you understand mathematics as a system on its own. Mathematics can enable the creation and discovery of truths. We help you appreciate the universal application of mathematics and its role in scientific and technological innovation.

Mathematics has been developed across history and cultures. We will help you use it to solve challenges in different fields that rely on quantitative abilities. We ask how mathematical knowledge and training can contribute to your role as a citizen.

Inclusion and diversity with Inquiry Based Learning

We use Inquiry Based Learning to replace the traditional lecture method to ensure our classroom is a level playing field for students of all backgrounds. This helps students understand what it means to be a mathematician.

Cross-disciplinary

We use arts, crafts and music to explore mathematics for the study of concepts like symmetry, self-similarity, universal ratios and constants.

Open-source technology

We use an open-source computer algebra system called SageMath, Software for Algebra and Geometry Experimentation.

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WE BRING YOU INTERDISCIPLINARY OPENNESS

Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.

A COMMON CURRICULUM FOR ALL STUDENTS

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.

WE OFFER ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE

We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.

WE ENSURE FINANCIAL SUPPORT 

We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

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Course structure

This programme will help you understand the practice of mathematics. We help you recognise patterns in geometric, numerical and algebraic forms, abstraction and the interpretation of mathematical arguments. You will learn to apply mathematical ideas creatively and precisely and understand complex mathematical texts. 

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We believe that it is important that you understand the broader contexts of each discipline and the porous borders between them. We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live.

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for this set of courses. and build the tools you will need for your years of study. We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.

  • Foundations

    These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.

    The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.

  • Creative Expressions

    In this set of courses, you will explore embodied ways of learning through a sustained practice of an art form or a sport. You could choose from a variety of interests including, but not limited to woodwork, martial arts, music, theatre, dance, yoga and visual art.

  • Understanding India

    In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.

    You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.

These core courses focus on mathematical language and thinking and explore a rage of topics. These courses set the tone for higher mathematics and help you with logical and analytical thinking, proof techniques and the communication of arguments.

Our core courses sometimes require an understanding of other scientific disciplines, and to ensure that you are able to study with ease, we offer you supportive courses in methods, chemistry, physics and biology. You have to study programming, a laboratory based course, and one course in economics or philosophy.

You can choose for a set of courses in Mathematics as well as a set of courses from other disciplines in Biology, Economics, Physics and Humanities.

You can choose one minor as your area of study. All the courses will be about current Indian and global scenarios, be it social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.

  • Data, Democracy and Development

    The set of courses will orient you to think about data as an essential part of building empathy and democratic values. We ensure you have the requisite tools for data collection, analysis, presentation, and dissemination so that you can construct the right platforms and build technologies that embody democratic principles. These courses will foster a culture of investigation with data, keeping in mind questions of ethics and politics.

  • Development

    Development aims to create social conditions for individual and social well being. How are development issues framed and what issues are involved in bringing about social change? What are the theoretical, conceptual and practical contestations around the political project that is development? This set of courses explores the many interdisciplinary fields like the humanities, social sciences, science and technology that inform development challenges.

  • Sports and Fitness

    We believe that a regimen of physical activity can have a powerful effect on an individual's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Sport can be used as an effective tool to help an individual learn crucial life skills and also to build an empathetic, equitable community. In these set of courses, we want you to have a powerful experience of sport not just as a physical activity but as a way to build yourself and your social surroundings. We also want to teach you ways in which you can create these transformational experiences for others.

  • Climate Studies

    These courses will help you develop the knowledge necessary to understand the earth’s climate systems. You will examine and analyse the role of human activity on the earth’s climate and its effects on the present and future climate scenarios, and identify the effects of climate change on biodiversity through the lens of historical changes in the Holocene. We hope you will apply systems thinking to examine the origins of the climate crisis and proposed solutions and grow comfortable with civic engagement and transfer of knowledge and resources for climate solutions at different levels.

  • Media and Democracy

    Over the course of time, human communication has been mediated by market-driven technology and gadgets. In turn, these forms of communications shape the public sphere in which ideas of what we are circulate. Modernity has had a close relationship with communication technologies.

    This is a set of courses to help you understand what role media and technologies play in shaping democracy, democratic policies and publics in India. We live in a world of unprecedented access to information. Media and communication have the capacity to deepen democracy but also the ability to foster anti-democratic politics.

  • Education

    In this set of courses, you will learn the nature and content of education, and its context and structure, especially in India. We begin by a broad overview of what a democratic conception of education entails, and what the values and ethics that define educational structures are. We examine aspects of education that encourage learning and the role of a teacher in the learning process. will explore and evaluate classroom practices and environments and learn how educational processes determine what is worth teaching.

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