New Bsc.(Hon) Mathematics no Cakewalk

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Declaration of Bsc.(Hon) Math Part-1 results propelled a huge wave of shock and disappointment amongst the DU students. A shocking 37% of the students pursuing this course failed in the annual exam conducted in the month of April-May 2010. Moreover, another 9% have provisionally been promoted to Part-II on the condition that they would have to clear main course-I papers in a second attempt.

According to valid sources, the new syllabus and changes in course structure last year have been held responsible for the high failure rate. “It had to do with the new course. There are no previous questions or set guidelines for the students. Earlier students used to depend a lot on guides and notes. Last year we had 100% pass percentage and we are very concerned about the 3 students who couldn’t manage to qualify the papers,” said Jyoti Darbari, Mathematics in-charge at LSR.

The colleges which suffered the most with a downfall in results where 97 out of 133 students from Shivaji College, 25 out of 28 students from Satyawati College and 30 out of 55 students from Rajdhani College failed. Amongst other colleges like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Zakir Hussain (day) College, 39 out of 60 and 21 out of 56 students failed, respectively.

Even some prestigious colleges of North Campus had dismal results. 16 out of 41 from KMC, 15 out of 39 from SGTB Khalsa and 7 out of 47 students from St Stephen’s couldn’t manage to clear the exams.

This can adversely affect the number of applicants for Bsc. Math for the upcoming year since they too seem to be intimidated by the results. “I still have second thoughts about taking up Bsc. Math instead of any other course in DU. There’s too much uncertainty and pressure regarding the course and results,” said a fresher during her second week in LSR College.

The new course was revised in 2009 after a net time span of 19 years, where both the courses BA Math and Bsc Math were clubbed together into one syllabus in order to upgrade and enhance its application at a higher level. Hence, the new course structure is said to be well revised and the high rate of failure is believed to be the teething trouble which is generated during the transition period of the course structure.

However, the Professors are giving a reassurance of a better pattern and guideline for the upcoming year.

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