Initiative taken to ensure students do not face problems getting admission into degree programmes
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has said that Applied Mathematics -- a subject introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to students of classes XI and XII -- can be seen as a regular subject while calculating the aggregate marks for undergraduate admissions, other than ‘pure sciences’.
“This subject is a regular academic subject. The marks obtained by the candidates in this subject may be included for calculating the aggregate marks for deciding the eligibility for admission. Hence, Applied Mathematics may be considered on a par with Mathematics while calculating aggregate marks for admission in courses of humanities and commerce, other than pure sciences,” a circular issued by UGC read.
The commission has taken this initiative to ensure that students do not face problems getting admission to degree programmes.
Applied Mathematics has a theory component of 80% and practical of 20% marks. UGC has asked universities to take appropriate action in order to recognise CBSE’s Applied Mathematics as a regular subject for admission of students in degree programmes.
In February 2021, the board had written to UGC regarding the introduction of Applied Mathematics at the 10+2 level.
“It has been observed that some universities make it mandatory for the students to offer Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level to take admission in undergraduate courses in Economics, Commerce, and Social Sciences etc. ln view of this, you are requested to consider the new Applied Mathematics course on a par with the existing Mathematics course of CBSE for admission to higher studies in courses other than Engineering,” the CBSE letter read.