Cocktail course: Meta-university course attracts diverse bunch
The two-year joint degree programme, a collaboration between Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University, has attracted a motley crowd. Students believe that the course will introduce them to new methods in mathematics education.
After completing his graduation in Mathematics in 1994 at Magadh University, 43-year-old Surendra Kumar Gupta has been making a living by teaching school students in Delhi. A native of Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Gupta felt the need for a change in the way mathematics is taught.
“Mathematics is a subject which many students find to be boring. A survey in the UK found that almost 80 per cent students found the subject uninteresting. I have also felt that there are such problems,” Gupta said.
He expects the meta-university course to focus on innovative ways to teach mathematics. “Now that I have taken admission to this course, I plan to change my approach towards teaching mathematics in the tuition classes,” he said.
While the idea behind the meta-university course is to introduce better teachers, the mix of education, media studies and mathematics on offer has attracted students. Madhav Kundan pursued B Ed after completing a BA in Computer Application from Jamia. “The course structure of Masters in Mathematics Education emphasises on mathematics and pedagogy on the one hand and media on the
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