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

the traditional method, Ray would have taken over a minute to get the

answer.

number with a four-digit one. This, he says, is because of Vedic

mathematics, “which has made my calculations quicker and accurate”. By

the 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.

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.

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

the 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

The 20th century, it is also said to be easy to remember, offers multiple

ways of doing the same calculation create inquisitiveness and improve

analytical thinking.

The 20th century, it is also said to be easy to remember, offers multiple

ways of doing the same calculation create inquisitiveness and improve

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.

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.

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 favourite of competitive exam

aspirants who want to tackle maximum problems in less time,” Tekriwal

told IANS.

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 favourite 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.

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 the 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 the square of

any number ending with five.

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 the 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.

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, the founder of School of Vedic Maths (SOVM), told IANS.

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, the 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”.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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 an interest when new techniques are

taught,” Rekha Dwivedi, a mathematics teacher at a government school in

Dwarka in Delhi, told IANS.

least some parts of it. It will only make the students’ base stronger.

It has been seen that students take an 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.”

especially in Classes 6 to 9, “but without a proper pedagogy in teaching

and proper training to teachers, it might not be very effective.”