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Posted on 20 March, 2015 No comments

Modi Government mulls new education policy, including making Vedic Maths compulsory

Posted on 08 March, 2015 No comments
In a recent meeting held at Bhopal, where academicians from various organisations were present, the idea of making Vedic Mathematics compulsory was also brainstormed

As the government sets the ball rolling to create a New National Education Policy (NEP) after almost three decades, the right wing hindu organisations have started the consultation process for formulating their own suggestions for the HRD ministry.

A national language university for professional courses like medical and engineering, introducing history of mathematics in mathematics, giving more weightage to studying India history and doing away with English as a compulsory language at school. These suggestions have come in about a dozen of consultations the various academic bodies associated or affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The section has started their internal brain storming through a series of meetings taking place all over the country.

"We will give our inputs on the 33 themes put out by the HRD ministry.But we also have our own suggestions, which we will present to the ministry," said Atul Kothari, national co-convenor of Shiksha Bachao Andolan.

Kothari also explained that the need of the hour is to introduce value education with mathematics and sciences. "Today we teach our students the formulas given by the great mathematician S Ramanujam. But the anecdotes of his journey, his struggle and contribution to human kind beyond mathematics is never taught to our students. Teaching should be made holistic," suggests Kothari.

In a recent meeting held at Bhopal, where academicians from various organisations were present, the idea of making Vedic mathematics compulsory was also brainstormed. While the ideology have made peace with English being taught as a language, but they want it to remove its compulsory status. " We are not against teaching English. But it should not be a compulsory medium. We are in support of teaching in Indian languages which can be any regional language of the states," added another member associated with Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad.

The Hindu fundamentalist are also of the view that instead of teaching professional courses like medical, engineering and management in English language, these courses should also be taught in regional language. "In the new policy, we want one regional language university in every state. We shall give that in our proposal to the ministry," added Kothari.

Massive revision of the history syllabus is also one of the key priority. The common consensus amongst the ideologues is to give more space to freedom fighters and MM Malaviya, Ram Manohar Lohia and historians like Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.

The ministry of human resource development has uploaded its 33 themes on the website and has sought suggestions from stakeholders. It is expecting suggestions from both India and abroad. The new policy is expected to be ready in six months time.

Source: DNA

Punjab Technical University to start course in Vedic Maths

Posted on 03 March, 2015 No comments
I am excited to share this piece of information with all of you.
In a first of its kind The Punjab Technical University (PTU) is all set to begin a certificate course in Vedic Mathematics.The six-month course will include basic introduction of the subject and also its application in higher mathematics.

A university spokesperson said candidates desirous of seeking admission to the course could log on to for the e- admission form and other details. The last date of submitting applications online is March 31, 2015 said the spokesperson.

College of Engineering Chennai hosts Vedic Maths Workshop

Posted on 02 February, 2015 No comments
Awesome turnout at the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai for a day long Vedic Mathematics Workshop. Thanks to the Kurukshetra team especially Ms.Keerthana who coordinated the entire event. Needless to mention the take home for the day was from South Indian cuisine, flavors of Idlies dipped in hot sambhar.

Some event snapshots are below:

Engrossed with numbers

Vedic Maths Workshop Selfies@NIT Kurukshetra

Posted on 26 January, 2015 No comments
It was absolutely a pleasure being at NIT Kurukshetra once again! Interacting with students here gave us lot of fresh perspective which we will be implementing in our organization. The Students of NIT were given a 2-Day Workshop on the applications of Vedic Mathematics which they will be using for various competitive examinations. I would like to thank Govind Gaur, Saurabh Dhillon and the entire student activity team for organizing this workshop - which was an amazing success.

At NIT- Kurukshetra
Selfie time with the students
The Workshop Hall

The Telegraph: Vedic Maths answer to the Global Maths Crisis

Posted on 21 January, 2015 No comments
According to the Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2014, Only 2 out of 10 children in rural India in Std V can solve a 3 digit division sum according to Pratham ASER Report. 46.5 per cent of rural children in Class V could not solve a two-digit subtraction problem without seeking help. This numeracy problem is not limited to India.
Such is the havoc that maths has created across countries. Our children can’t do math. This problem of numeracy makes our children math-phobic which globally results in the numeracy levels in decline. This is a fact that should give everyone involved in maths education grave cause for concern.

One of the solutions to this numeracy problem could be the implementation of Vedic Mathematics. The Indian system of Vedic Mathematics could help make maths a more engaging subject. Vedic Mathematics is a method of speed calculation developed by the Indian Saint Shri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji in the early 20th Century. The methods are short and simple, which makes maths more appealing for children. Using the system, complex multiplications such as 98x97 can be solved in less than five seconds flat!

And it doesn’t finish there; Vedic Mathematics can be used to solve both simple equations and more difficult problems, including fractions, squares, algebra and even some trigonometry. The system works using 16 word formulas known as “Sutras”: short sayings that have various meanings and applications.

The practicality of a speed mathematics system such as Vedic Mathematics in the age of calculators could be debated. However, as part of a Government drive to boost standards, calculators have recently been banned in the UK English primary school maths exams; this demonstrates that there is still a place for mental arithmetic within the school system.

Prime Minister Modi also wants to give boost to Vedic maths and Says that they will make Vedic Maths an export.

“The ASER report has clearly mentioned and brought out the facts with respect to the decline in Maths levels in India. Vedic Maths can help student overcome challenges of maths education and can make it fun and engaging.  We must support the initiative of Mr. Smriti Irani, HRD Minister, to introduce Vedic Maths in Curriculum.” Says Gaurav Tekriwal, President, Vedic Maths Forum India.

'Globally too Maths levels are on a serious decline and we have countries in Africa in worse condition than ours who are enjoying the Vedic Maths system. We must support our ministers who can help raise India's numeracy levels and also help raise its exports in the field.' - Tekriwal says.

Gaurav Tekriwal's organization Vedic Maths Forum India has already taken this system to over five countries and is currently in expansion mode in Africa. Mr. Tekriwal who recently won the Indiafrica Young Visionaries Fellowship in 2014, sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs in India.

Business Standard Vedic maths gets vote of confidence from students, teachers

Posted on 12 January, 2015 No comments
It takes 11-year-old Aditya Ray only seconds to multiply a five-digit number with a four-digit one. This, he says, is because of Vedic mathematics, "which has made my calculations quicker and accurate". By traditional method, Ray would have taken over a minute to get the answer.
"It takes me around one and a half minutes to multiply such large numbers using the conventional method. However, if I take the Vedic maths route, I can solve it in 30 seconds," the Class 6 student told IANS.
The Kolkata-based Ray added that while his school expects him to solve problems using the traditional way, he at times uses Vedic maths to cross check his answers.

Vedic mathematics, which came into focus after the Narendra Modi government put emphasis on India's ancient and forgotten knowledge systems, is a branch of mathematics based on 16 Sanskrit sutras (word formulae) which make mathematical calculations 10-15 times faster as compared to the traditional methods.
Discovered by Hindu seer Swami Bharati Krishna Tirthaji in the early 20th century, it is also said to be easy to remember, offers multiple ways of doing the same calculation, creates inquisitiveness and improves analytical thinking.
According to the School of Vedic Maths (SOVM), Tirthaji was born in 1884 in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. After completing his Master of Arts at age 20, he was briefly a college principal. He quit that to embrace a spiritual path. It was during deep meditation that he got inner revelations on the 16 sutras from the appendix of Atharva Veda, one of the four vedas, the ancient Indian spiritual and scholastic texts. Tirthaji declared that any mathematical problem can be solved using them.

Gaurav Tekriwal, president of the Vedic Math Forum India, said Vedic maths was a collection of methods to calculate faster when compared to the traditional methods.
"With a little practice in Vedic maths one can make mundane calculations easier, simpler and quicker so much so that you can call it 'World's Fastest Mental Maths System'. It has applications primarily in arithmetic and algebra and hence is a favorite of competitive exam aspirants who want to tackle maximum problems in less time," Tekriwal told IANS.

The Forum holds online classes spread over 30 hours for students and 40 hours for teachers. The classes are one on one.
Pradeep Kumar, founder director of Magical Methods, which provides training in Vedic maths, shared that using such calculations, finding the square of any number ending with five becomes extremely easy.
"Say you want to find square of 85. You multiply 5 by 5 and put 25 as your right part of the answer. Then, multiply 8 by the next higher digit, 9, and put 72 as your left part of the answer. Your answer is 7,225," he said, adding the same formula can be used to find square of any number ending with five.
The branch is slowly gaining popularity among students "because it is very useful, especially for those planning to take competitive examinations", Kumar said.
"Today, there are a lot of competitive exams. Speed is one of the key factors to crack any exam which tests numerical ability. Vedic maths is a very good tool. It gives a good sense of numbers for all working professionals who do a lot of number-crunching in their jobs," Vinay Nair, founder of School of Vedic Maths (SOVM), told IANS.
Nair added that from a teacher's point of view, it gives "immense possibilities to explore learning mathematics from many angles and in innovative ways".
But S.G. Dani, professor in the department of mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, believes Vedic maths was "just a bunch of tricks, devoid of coherence".
"It has little significance. We might as well forget it. Though it may have a few useful bits, the aura around it makes it very damaging on the whole," Dani told IANS over email.
Retired 85-year-old teacher and educationist Dinanath Batra, who got American scholar Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism pulped, is batting for the introduction of Vedic maths in schools and universities.
Vedic Maths is favoured by those who have benefited from it and want it introduced in the education system. Teachers of conventional mathematics and school principals IANS spoke to agreed that it should be officially introduced.
Sapna Jain, assistant professor in the department of mathematics in Delhi University, told IANS that since Vedic maths has ancient roots, those who study it will also get to know about a lot of things which have remained buried "like the invention of zero and algebra".
"There is no harm in introducing it at the primary level in schools, at least some parts of it. It will only make the students' base stronger. It has been seen that students take interest when new techniques are taught," Rekha Dwivedi, a mathematics teacher at a government school in Dwarka in Delhi, told IANS.
She added that teachers should be first trained.
Agreed Nair, who said that introducing Vedic maths would be good especially in Classes 6 to 9, "but without a proper pedagogy in teaching and proper training to teachers, it might not be very effective." 

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