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The Vedic Maths India Mobile App is LIVE

It gives us immense pleasure to launch the Official Vedic Maths India App today for the Android Market on the Google Play Store.
The Vedic Maths India App consists of 10 chapters conceptually divided and beautifully presented in a clean and simple user interface, this app makes Vedic Maths the way it should be – easy to understand and fun to solve.

Here are some Features of the Vedic Maths India app:-

1) True Learning of Vedic Math Sutras

— First see a high quality VIDEO for a particular Vedic Math topic
– If you’re too busy or just want to revise, browse through the SLIDES.
– Now do PRACTICE questions.
– Finally appear for a TEST.

2) Compete with Yourself

— The more you practice, the more badges you earn. The more badges you earn, the faster you become at math calculations.
– See your progress.
– Earn STARS and flaunt it among your friends.

3) Evaluate Yourself

— See your REPORTS and earn badges to become a PRO.

Vedic Math app can be extremely useful in daily Math calculations and competitive exams like CAT, GMAT, GRE, SAT, PSAT, MCAT, etc.

This Mobile app has been developed in association with the young and dynamic team of Information Works.We would like to thank Deep Shah, Ashish Chowdhary, Harshal Bhakta and Sumit Bachketi for their tiring efforts to build this app.
We soon expect this app to be launched for the Apple market as well.


Shakuntala Devi Remembered


“The photograph shows her concentrating on working out the twenty-third root of the number on the blackboard which contains 201 digits. It took her 50 seconds to solve.The problem was set by students at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In order to check her answer they had to consult a UNIVAC 1108 at the national bureau of standards in Washington DC. It took the computer a full minute to confirm that her answer was correct. But the computer needed 13000 instructions before it started on the problem.”


Shakuntala Devi November 4, 1929 – April 21, 2013


Shakuntala Devi
The first I ever heard of Shakuntala Devi was a long time ago, when I stumbled across her book Figuring: The Joy of Numbers in the WH Smith’s bookstore in Birmingham, W Mids. Dad had business in Brum, and we all came along for the day.
When I came along with the book, Mum was scared that it was some sort of black magic text. It wasn’t – quite the opposite, in fact – and the book never left my bookshelves and relocated with me wherever I went.
Figuring: The Joy of Numbers became one of the most useful and helpful books I have ever had. It turned what could have become a fear of mathematics into a love of mathematics, and Figuring: The Joy of Numbers helped me to ace university and, later, work. Catalysed by the book and inspired by further experience, I learned to be familiar and comfortable with numbers, calculation, mental arithmetic and mathematics thanks to Shakuntala Devi’s early influence in my life.
I just heard of her death today, and I share the great sadness all of India must feel. A great and beautiful mind is no more, and the world is diminshed for the passing of a woman whom I have long held with the highest esteem.

We will miss you Mathematical Genius Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi

Mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi, nicknamed as “human computer” for her ability to make complex mental calculations, died at a hospital in Bangalore on Sunday 21st April 2013 following respiratory problems.
She was one of my biggest inspirations and her encouraging words to me boosted my morale so much that I became interested in the field of Mathematics. Today India has lost a living legend and an icon. 
The Vedic Maths Forum India will miss her motherly figure her guidance and her love. May your soul rest in peace.
She found a place in the Guiness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like Fun with Numbers, Astrology for You, Puzzles to Puzzle You, and Mathablity. She had the ability to tell the day of the week of any given date in the last century in a jiffy.

Coming from a humble family, Ms. Shakuntala Devi’s father was a circus performer who did trapeze, tightrope and cannonball shows.

It was while she was playing cards with her father at the tender age of three that he found his daughter’s calculation abilities. It turned out that she beat him not by sleight of hand, but by memorising the cards.

At the age of six, she demonstrated her calculation skills in her first major public performance at the University of Mysore and two years later, she again proved herself successful as a child prodigy at Annamalai University.

However, despite apprehensions in some quarters, Ms. Devi did not lose her calculating ability when she turned adult like other prodigies such as Truman Henry Safford.

In 1977, Ms. Devi extracted the 23rd root of a 201-digit number mentally.

On June 18, 1980 she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She answered the question in 28 seconds.

Video: The Magic of Vedic Math TEDYouth@New York

We are proud to be featuring the talk The Magic of Vedic Math TEDYouth@New York today. This video released 1 day ago and has over 30,000 views.

We would like to thank the entire TED Team for making this possible.We hope that you share the video so that more and more students benefit out of it! Thankyou :)

Activities at Vedic Maths Forum India

Friends,there are lot of activities and projects happening at our forum. April and May 2013 awaits the launch of few products. We have been working on these projects for over two to three years now, but they never got completed. Finally now is the time to get, set…and Go!
You would be hearing more from me soon when I finally and formally announce these projects.
Also some Vedic Maths workshops are coming up in Raniganj, West Bengal  in end April 2013 – look out for that! See you guys soon!

Book Review: Koncepts of Numbers

Cover of Koncepts of Numbers
I have a innate liking for new books. Especially books which are basically of the type old wine in a new bottle!The Book ‘Koncepts of Numbers’ by Ganejdra Kumar just arrived two days ago and I have been busy reading and problem solving ever since.
 
In this book targeted towards competitive examination students  Prof.Kumar covers some concepts of Vedic Mathematics and simplifies the mysterious world of numbers through it. It also covers some copyrighted methods of problem solving which are not in the public domain — but I strictly have my reservations about this claim given in the book!
It has over a thousand examples in problem solving focusing on number system divided in five difficulty levels – Concept Applicator (CA), Concept Builder (CB), Concept Cracker (CC), Concept Deviator (CD), Data Sufficiency (DS). The book encapsulates Vedic Maths, Number Introduction, Factor Theory, HCF & LCM, Base System, Cyclicity, Remainders, Surds and Factorials among other topics. 
I would highly recommend this book for CAT aspirants as a great resource… take it away folks!

Prof.Sugata Mitra Winner of TED Prize 2013

with Prof.Sugata Mitra
It was a pleasure and an honor to meet and listen to Prof.Sugata Mitra who was in Kolkata recently where he delivered a talk ‘The Future of Learning”.
Prof.Mitra is the winner of the 2013 TED Prize.He has a wish to build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another.
His “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. 
I would like to invite you all to  view his TED Talk.

                     

Help make Prof.Sugata Mitra’s wish a reality by downloading SOLE: How to Bring Self-Organized Learning Environments to Your Community.

21st Century Mathematics

What should students learn in the 21st century? This conference will discuss top-level changes in the Math school curriculum, in terms of what topics and branches should be added, and just as crucially, what should be removed.
Rationale:
In the 21st century, humanity is facing severe difficulties at the societal (global warming, financial stresses), economic (globalization, innovation) and personal levels (employability, happiness). Technology’s exponential growth is rapidly compounding the problems via automation and off-shoring, which are producing social disruptions. Education is falling behind the curve, as it did during the Industrial Revolution. The last profound changes to curriculum were effected in the late 1800′s as a response to the sudden growth in societal and human capital needs. As the world of the 21st century bears little resemblance to that of the 19th century, education curricula are overdue for a major redesign.

This is all the more true in Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM), where demand is outpacing supply worldwide. Math being the foundation of STEM, and in turn innovation, the situation requires urgent attention. Beyond STEM professions, we are seeing very significant innumeracy in a very large segment of the population, which has severe consequences on the ability to understand the world’s difficulties.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Curriculum Redesign, OECD, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Henri Moser Foundation, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Pics: TEDx EMWS

Two weeks ago, it was a pleasure to be invited to speak on Vedic Maths at TEDx EMWS in Mumbai. The event was organized by students of the Ecole Mondiale World School,Juhu, Mumbai. It was nice to share the stage with 10 other distinguished speakers from all walks of life.The theme for the conference was  ‘The influence of change on power’ and the speakers had to speak and relate their subjects to the theme.
The Auditorium at Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai
What impressed me was that the whole event was organized by students of Class X who were 16-17 year olds. They put up such a professional and high impact show for the whole day that it was unbelievable. 
Gaurav Tekriwal at TEDx EMWS
Before the show I was thinking about how could I relate my subject VM to the theme ‘ The influence of change on power’. When I was rehearsing with my friend just before the show, a unique idea came to my mind by which I could do justice with the theme. What that was…I won’t say here…so watch out and stay tuned for the video.
 Picture Credits: TEDx EMWS

Magical World of Mathematics – Now in Kannada

The popular book on Vedic Maths ‘Magical World of Mathematics- Vedic Mathematics’ by Prof.Vishwanath G. Unkalkar is now available in Kannada and is up for grabs. The book has been translated by Shri Lakshmikant Hegde from MICO.

If you would like to get this book translated in other languages please let us know.

Interested students and teachers who would like to have a copy please send a mail at gtekriwal@vedicmathforumusa.org

Vedic Maths for NGO’s

Ever since the Pratham report came out last month where it  was stated that over 75.2% of all children in India in Std 5 can’t do division – I have been thinking deep about it. This has greatly affected my thoughts and as an educator I feel compelled to do something about it.
There are times when  we all have turning points in our lives, and this piece of news certainly has turned my life around. I think that if in its own land of origin and in-spite of having methods like Vedic Maths how can a quarter of children in grade 5 can’t do division? I am compelled to think how can we make VM more accessible to the masses, so that each and every child can benefit from the system.
Based on these reports, we did a little brainstorming and have come up with a program in Vedic Mathematics for NGO’s who have education as one of their set focus areas. We would be more than happy to provide free training for such NGO’s in Vedic Mathematics and help support their Maths Departments across India. We would like to help increase numeracy standards across the country through Vedic Mathematics and thus we would be achieving our mission completely.
If you are a part of an NGO, and would like to make a difference through Vedic Maths please feel free to contact us at gtekriwal@vedicmathforumusa.org and we will truly transform the way your children do mathematics.

Vedic Maths in Mumbai

The last week has been personally very inspiring for me. It was a week which I spent in Mumbai exploring what else but Vedic Mathematics.

First we had the TEDx talk on Vedic Mathematics organized at the Ecole Mondiale World School. It was a unique talk in terms that we used a prop to propagate the message of the simplicity of Vedic Mathematics. For those of you who were present there know what I am talking about! More on this when the actual video comes out, till then keep watching this space.

It was a pleasure meeting Shri Vinay Nair in Mumbai who is actively associated with the Chinmaya International foundation.


Vinay gifted me a book which he had authored called ‘The teacher who taught us to think’. I think it is an awesome way to felicitate his high school maths teacher Raman Sir. The book is about the unique ways of teaching through which Raman Sir not only instilled a systematic thinking procedure in his students but also brought about great inner transformations in them.The book is especially important in today’s day as it teaches parents and teachers who face the challenge of creating love for mathematics in their children.

Among other things it  was interesting to meet the Aakanksha team.The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha works in the field of education, initiating school reform through The School Project, and providing a supplemental education through the Akanksha centers.

Currently, Akanksha reaches out to over 4000 children through two models: the after-school or center model and the school model. Akanksha has 40 centers and 13 schools in Mumbai and Pune. Through the centers, a commitment is made to support each child by providing a strong educational foundation, good time, self-esteem and values, and to help them plan how they can earn a steady livelihood as a step towards improving their standard of living. The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune.  These schools are in partnership with local municipalities, with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools in these cities that can be used to impact the mainstream education system.

We are proud to announce that The Vedic Maths forum India will be training the Maths Department at Aakanksha in Vedic Mathematics.We would also like to extend this training to other NGO’s as well. So if you are reading this and know an NGO who can benefit from Vedic Mathematics please do let us know at gtekriwal@vedicmathforumusa.org

Felicitation of Prof. V.G.Unkalkar

Prof. Vishwanath G. Unkalkar
Prof. Vishwanath G. Unkalkar was felicitated in Bangalore for his contribution in the field of Vedic Mathematics, by the Udaya Charitable trust in association with Udayahbanu Kalasangh and Prerana.
The event happened on the occasion of the 125th Birthday celebrations of Srinivasa Ramanujan where several math competitions were conducted.
The Vedic Maths Forum India wishes the very best to Prof.Unkalkar for his contribution and for taking Vedic Maths to new heights through his work in the field.

ATCM and TIME 2013 at IIT Bombay

Folks, its time for TIME again!

Yes we are referring to the Technology and Innovations in Maths Education being held at IIT Bombay. This  time in 2013 its bigger because its being held jointly with Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics. Over 400 participants worldwide are expected to attend this conference being held from Dec 7th to 11th 2013
More details can be found at this link

ATCM 2013 & TIME 2013 at IIT Bombay

 ”Technology Integration in Math Curriculum”

The ATCM 2013 is an international conference to be held in Mumbai, India, that will continue addressing technology-based issues in all Mathematical Sciences. Thanks to advanced technological tools such as computer algebra systems (CAS), interactive and dynamic geometry, and hand-held devices, the effectiveness of our teaching and learning, and the horizon of our research in mathematics and its applications continue to grow rapidly. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for educators, researchers, teachers and experts in exchanging information regarding enhancing technology to enrich mathematics learning, teaching and research at all levels. English is the official language of the conference. The participants of ATCM will also have the opportunity to participate in TIME conference. 


The TIME conferences are national (Indian) conferences held every two years . TIME conferences serve a dual role: as a forum in which mathematics educators and teachers will come together to discuss and to probe major issues associated with the integration of technology in mathematics teaching and learning, and as a place where they can share their perspectives, personal experiences, and innovative teaching practices”. There will be over 400 participants coming from over 30 countries around the world. Be sure to submit your abstracts or full papers in time.

Vedic Maths Store on a Discount

I am proud and happy today. Its a big day for me as my brother just
got married – the Indian way. And I am in big time celebration mood.

I have never done this before! And I am not sure if I would be doing
this in  the near future.

We are giving away a whopping 30% off on our entire Vedic Math store.

Which means if you have been wondering to purchase a DVD set or few
books or do a course….now is the time to do so.

Go to http://shop.vedicmaths.net

Apply the Coupon Code  ’vedicgift’  and avail over 30% off on all our
products.

You have to Hurry because the coupon is only valid till the next 3 days.

If you have questions please feel free to mail me at gtekriwal@vedicmathforumusa.org                             and I will be happy to answer them for you.

Report: Vedic Maths Fair

Prof.V.G.Unkalkar lights the lamp at the Maths Fair.
Vedic Maths is increasingly becoming popular. 2012 was the National Year of Mathematics in India and as part of the  celebrations, a Math fair was organized in Dharwad ( In Karnataka State) by Kursh Gyan Foundation.

Students at the Maths Fair, Dharwad, Karnataka
Kursh Gyan Foundation, Dharwad is an organization driven with an exclusive motive to promote Vedic Mathematics among the student community. As a part of its regular annual events to promote Vedic Mathematics, a “Math Fair” was conducted under the auspices of the Dept of Public Instruction, Dharwad.
 
A session on Vedic Mathematics was arranged for the aspirants of various civil services examinations. The Resource Person was Prof. V.G Unkalkar, noted Author and Vedic Math Expert.  The session emphasized on how Vedic Mathematics can help the aspirants in getting through the Quantitative Aptitude Tests conducted for various employments in the State and Central Governments, Banking and Finance Industry and various Private Sector Undertakings.

Biography of Tirthaji in Hindi

Prof.Shriram Chauthaiwale sends us this beautifully written Biography of Tirthaji in Hindi.On the cover it has a colored image of Tirthaji which I am seeing for the first time. The Book also has a poem by the author to remember the 16 Vedic Math Sutras.
Interested in a copy ?  Mail me at gtekriwal@vedicmathforumusa.org