1. About the Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics is one of Departments of the University. It is started in the year 1983 at the time of inception of the University. The Faculty of Science has eight Departments namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology , Geology, Computer Science and Statistics. The Department of Mathematics is one of the most important Subjects in the Branch of Science. It deals with the study of Quantity, Magnitude, Structure , and their relation. The department is offering both UG and PG Programmes in Mathematics through Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The Department is also offering M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes. The Department imparts education through its quality Self-Instructional Material, Radio and Tele-Lessons, Tele-Conferences which are Broadcast/ Telecast through AIR and Doordarshan respectively which are developed in association with the Subject Experts from various Universities to the learners. The Faculty Members are specialized in the fields namely Complex Analysis , Number Theory. In the Department 7 P.hd ’s are awarded. The Programmes in Mathematics satisfies the U.G.C recommendations for curriculum and takes into account the learning outcomes and community needs. The faculty members are continuously working on updating the Curriculum of the Programs to meet the latest technologies and the fastly changing society needs.
2. Courses - Under Graduate Level
The University is offering Mathematics Subject as one of the main Subjects at Under Graduate Level from the Academic Year 1983-84. The Course Mathematics is one of the course in B.Sc Programme. It is Three Years Degree Programme. Initially the Programme was offered as Annual Programme. But, from the Academic Year 2017-2018, the B.Sc Programme is offering in Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) pattern with Practical Component in both Telugu and English Medium. This Programme was structured in such a way that it as a strategy to enhance the cognitive skills of learners of Mathematics. One of the important aspects of introducing Practical Training omponent in Mathematics teaching is the ability to internalize the problem solving skills in students. To enable the learner to exhibit the Problem Solving Skills, both in Theory and Practical, the Problem Solving Techniques under the guidance of a Counsellor, it is decided to have face to face interaction between the Learner and the Counsellor by splitting them into smaller student groups in a class room situation to pay personal attention to the Learner. In the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh this course is offered at all Regional Coordination Centres .
3. Courses - Post Graduation Level
The University has launched Post-Graduation Programmes in 1993. The Department of Mathematics introduced M.Sc Mathematics / Applied Mathematics Programme from the Academic Year 1993-1994 with unlimited seats. every year thousands of students have been joined in this Programme.The M.Sc Programme is 2 years duration in English Medium . It consists ten (10) Courses in the Subject of Mathematics / Applied Mathematics (5 Courses in the I Year and 5 Courses in the II Year) leading to the Degree of M.Sc (Mathematics)/ M.Sc (Applied Mathematics) and divided into two parts:
(i) Core Courses and (ii) Elective Courses.
The Core Courses are compulsory for all the Students. The Elective Courses are offered in two Groups. Group - A consists of courses oriented towards Mathematics . Group - B consists of courses oriented towards Applied Mathematics
A student has to select three courses either from Group - A or Group – B . All the Elective Courses are offered in the Second Year of the Programme. In the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh this course is offered at all Regional Coordination Centres . The Programme was structured in such a way that it strengthens the quantitative reasoning and Problem Solving Skills which are necessary in areas beyond Mathematics. Students who study Mathematics or Engineering are prepared to work on forefront ideas in Science and Technology, in Academia, in the Government or the Private Sector.
4. Courses - Research Programmes
Research Programmes leading to M.Phil and Ph.D were introduced from the Academic Year 2009-2010 onwards. The Topics selected for Research is varied and of current importance.
5. Profile of the Faculty Members
The pedagogy in Open University is different from Conventional University. The central core faculty working in the University has to perform multitasks. They are involved in different academic activities like Planning and Designing the Programme, developing the Self Learning Course Material, preparation of Audio, Video development programmes and coordinating with internal assessment of students, counselling to students in both theory and practical sessions and in the examination and evaluation process, prepare the students for attending the laboratory training, making the students to get the problem solving techniques by their own.
At present, one Professor is working in the Department:
Dr. K. Sridevi , M.Sc, P.hd, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is serving in the Department since 2010 to till date. She has 13 courses as Coordinator , 15 courses as Associative Editor, 91 Lessons / Units as Writer, 70 Lessons / Units as Translator and produced 58 Audio/Video lessons, participated in 06 Teleconferencing lessons. She has Published 29 Research Articles in reputed Journals and Presented Papers in 26 International / National Conferences and also Participated in 44 Workshops / Seminars. At present she is Supervising for 2 M.Phil and 2 P.hd Scholars. Area of interest is Number Theory.
6. Academicians Associated with the Department
Several eminent Academicians of the sister Conventional Universities are associated with this Department in the processes of Curriculum Development, Course Content Development and Evaluation. The Faculty working in the respective Colleges where Study Centres are located are serving as Counsellors to conduct the face to face interactive sessions.
7. Number of Courses
UG – B.Sc Mathematics is one of the three Optional Subjects in the Undergraduate Programme.
6 Semesters = 6 Core Subjects + 2 Elective Courses out of the 4 Courses + 2 Skill Development Courses
PG – M.Sc Mathematics /Applied Mathematics has 10 Courses out of 13 Courses.
8. Student Support Arrangement:
UG, PG : The Student is provided with the Self - Learning Mateial supplemented by the Audio, Video Lessons and Tele-Conference on specified Sundays. The face to face Counseling Sessions are conducted on Sundays at the Study Centers. All the Science Students, (B.Sc & M.Sc Progamme,) have to attend the Study Centers for their Laboratory Training which is mandatory.
M.Phil / PhD: One Semester classes will be conducted in the University for the Research Students along with a Project Thesis.
9. Infrastructure Facilities :
Department of Mathematics is established in the ground and second floor (right wing) of STML Building having the following:
1. Two Laboratories with good Ventilation, Electrification, Working Platforms and required Furniture.
2. Two Staff Rooms with attached bath rooms
3. A common toilet for students.
4. RO system drinking water is available for Students and Staff.
5. Every Lab is provided with glass boards.
For Further Details
Head, Department of Mathematics
Faculty of Science
Dr. B. R.Ambedkar Open University
G. Ram Reddy Marg, Jubilee Hills
Hyderabad, Telangana, 500033