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Meet Shri Rajesh Kumar Thakur - A Life dedicated to Vedic Maths

Posted on 19 April, 2015 No comments
Rajesh Kumar Thakur
Rajesh Kumar Thakur currently works as a Director at the National Vedic Maths Academy, a branch of the All India Ramanujan Maths Club, Gujarat. 

He has been teaching secondary and senior secondary school students for the past 14 years and has written more than 30 books and around 100 mathematical articles and dozens of research papers in national and international journals. 

To popularize Vedic Mathematics, he has thus far conducted more than 250 seminars in different states in India and trained more than 50000 students. He has also conducted several talks as well as the National Level Math Quiz show on All India Radio. He loves writing poetry and has written many poems, dozens of which have been published in various magazines of repute. 

Mr. Thakur has received many awards, including the National Best Teacher Award by AlRMC in 2010. In the year 2014, the All India Ramanujan Maths Club honored him with Special Achievement Award for conducting 125 free workshops on mathematics in the year 2012.

Being awarded the LKP Award from Honourable Governor of Uttar Pradesh
"It was a pleasure meeting Rajeshji in New Delhi few months ago.His passion and dedication for Vedic Mathematics is certainly amazing! His down to earth approach and humbleness made me his fan. 
The Vedic Maths Forum India applauds his achievements and distinctions and we look forward to working with him closely on many projects ."
Shri Rajesh Kumar Thakur with Gaurav Tekriwal

News: DNA Mumbai : Decoding Vedic Maths

Posted on 07 April, 2015 No comments
Gaurav Tekriwal, founder president, Vedic Maths Forum India, speaks to Sanchayan Bhattacharjee about the advantages, faulty perceptions as well as the importance of Vedic Maths in the Indian curriculum.

 As per a recent newspaper article, Vedic Maths only aids in speedy calculations and not in logical thinking and clarification of concept. Do you agree?
All formulas in Vedic Mathematics have an algebraical proof which has been duly given in the book ‘Vedic Mathematics’ by Tirthaji and also in the new book ‘Vedic Mathematics Proofs’ published in 2013. Some proofs needed to be generalised have been done so in this new book. For example in the method of multiplication by the ‘Vertically and Crosswise’ rule one understands that the process is through a visual pattern, with a solid algebraic proof. You first multiply the units with the units place to arrive at the unit’s digit of the answer and so on. In Vedic Maths, one is given a choice of methods to arrive at an answer, rather than sticking to one method of solving a problem.

How is Vedic Maths different from conventional Mathematics? 

Firstly India is facing a huge Maths Crisis. According to the ASER 2014 report, only 26.3 per cent of class III children could perform a two digit subtraction. Only 26.1 per cent of children in class V knew division and only 44.1 per cent in class VIII could solve a three digit by one digit division problem. This is a serious cause for concern. The current Math methods have failed and hence there is a need for alternate methods which simplifies the concepts for them. Instead of making kids love the math they hate, why can’t we make math they would love to learn? That is where Vedic Maths steps in. Since the current set methods have failed; why not introduce some new Vedic Maths Methods in the curriculum? In my opinion Vedic Maths helps in speedy calculations and provides a solid foundation of proofs.

With the emergence of technology like computers and calculators, the relevance of speedy calculations through Vedic Maths has diminished. Your views? 

I do not think that the relevance of Vedic Maths has diminished because of technology. According to a survey in the United Kingdom (UK), 17 million adults had Math skills less than that of a 11 year old kid. So when the UK government understood this, they brought about a series of educational reforms and as part of the reforms they banned calculators in the primary level from 2014. The government felt that “Over-reliance on calculators meant children missed the rigorous grounding in mental and written arithmetic they needed to progress.” I think mental maths skills are necessary for children who are not introduced to technology. In South Africa where students have not been exposed much to technology, we found out that after introducing them to the Vedic Maths system they understood Maths much better, and their scores improved by a huge margin.

Is there a perception or awareness problem about Vedic Maths in India?
I believe there is an awareness gap about Vedic Maths in India, its own country of origin. People are yet to find out about the benefits of it and once they do – they simply love the concept. Also, there is no acknowledgement by the Government of India so far, and hence large cross sections of people do not know about it yet. To promote Vedic Maths, just as Yoga or Ayurveda, there has to be some involvement by the Government with respect to building an opinion.

Source: DNA Mumbai

New:Vedic Maths Demystified by Gaurav Tekriwal

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
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