**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.

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?

aids in speedy calculations and not in logical thinking and

clarification of concept. Do you agree?

All formulas in Vedic

Mathematics has 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.

Mathematics has 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.

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?

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 an 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 at 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.

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 an 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 at 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.

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