The Department of Mathematics was established in 1950 with a three year under graduate course. Right from its inception the Department has striven to set high standards of teaching and learning. It became a Post- graduate Department in the year 1982, affiliated to the University of Kerala. Apart from BSc and MSc Degree Programmes, the Department offers Mathematics as a Complementary Course for the Physics, Chemistry and Economics Degree Programmes. The Department also offers a Course in Operations Research for aspiring students from non-Mathematics Degree streams as an Open Course. The Department became a Research Department in 2009. The Research Department was formally inaugurated by His Excellency Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India. The department has four approved Research Guides. Research Areas of the department include Fuzzy Mathematics, Optimization, Interdisciplinary Economics, History of Mathematics, Number Theory, Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations and Graph Theory. The Department successfully completed one Major Research Project and 4 Minor Research Projects of the UGC. The Department also has one on-going Minor Research Project.
UG and PG students of the Department have bagged top positions in the University Examinations for several years. Dr. Mary George, one of the faculty members of the Department, won the UGC Research Award in the year 2004, a Post Doctoral Fellowship for three years. One of the Research Scholars of the Department, Dr. Anusha Edwin bagged the Best Paper Award in the International Conference conducted by Swamy Vivekananda Association of Science and Humanities (SVASH-2014) (Govt. Reg.No.TVM/TC/493/2013) in 2014. UG students of the Department won the prestigious ?INSPIRE? award instituted by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Faculty members of the Department have presented Research Papers in reputed International Conferences held in France, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.
The Department regularly organizes various national academic programmes in collaboration with reputed Institutions of Higher Education in the Country, such as the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Trivandrum, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Trivandrum. The Department offered a Certificate Course, a Diploma Course and an Advanced Diploma Course in Computer Applications in 2005-08.
Prof. Thanu Iyer, an eminent Mathematician and Scholar was the first Head of the Department. He was succeeded by Prof. John K. John, Prof. G. Thomas, Prof. V. Anantharama Sarma, Prof. Y. Kalyanasundaram, Prof. Kunjunjamma Chacko, Prof. M. V. Abraham, Prof. K. G. Lizykutty, Dr. Cherian Thomas, Dr. V. Madhukar Mallayya, Dr. K. L. Anandavally, Dr. James Alexander, Dr Mary George , Dr Suja Eapen. and Dr. Annie Abraham. Fr Dr Gigi Thomas is the current Head of the Department. The Department is one of the DST-FIST identified departments of the College. Currently the staff strength of the Department is 6. Members of the Faculty function regularly in the Boards of Studies of both UG and PG levels in the University of Kerala and have been elected to the University Senate/ Syndicate. Apart from offering UG and PG programmes, the department is a research departemnt approved by the University of Kerala. The department also offers Certificates Courses in Quantitative techniques and Statistical Methods.