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Now statistics has become a very important field, because of machine learning. Statistics should be introduced in the course with very up to date syllabus and syllabus of it should also contain compulsorily programming languages such as python and R
Its better if they make python compulsory, no matter what subjects student opt for.
One of the best book I would recommend for fundamental is Elementary Statistics by Mario Triola, 9th Edn. But it does not contain machine learning. Problems of it are really good and should be solved along with programming even