Vedic Maths

Vedic Maths History

Mathematics originating from the Vedas? According to many acclaimed sources, Vedic Mathematics as a system was discovered by the well known Indian Mathematicians Shri Bharathi Krishna ‘Tirthaji’ between 1911 and 1918 A.D. His findings were later published in a book called the ‘Vedic Mathematics.’ If you don’t know, Vedas in Sanskrit means ‘Knowledge,’ and according to the Hindu culture and religion, Vedas form a very important religious text.

Sometimes, it gets really difficult to solve mathematical problems using conventional methods. But using Vedic Mathematic’s Techniques helps us in making numerical calculations faster. Vedic Maths doesn’t mean Vedas taken up from Vedas, and rather they only have references of mathematics being propagated during the Gupta empire. 

It was during this time that Bhaskar and Aryabhatta were inventing methods in mathematics, much more than ‘Zero.’ This is what we call as ‘Vedic Maths.’

About the Course

Vedic Mathematics is a useful methodology finding its origin in ancient texts. It is a collection of different techniques and sutras to solve arithmetic problems in a faster and easier way. There are several Formulae or ‘Sutras’ in Vedic Maths. These Sutras have within several ‘Sub-Sutras,’ or Sub Formulae. Vedic Maths helps in solving problems related to algebra, geometry, arithmetic, conics, calculus, etc. According to many credible sources, the speed of calculations using Vedic Maths increases by a whopping 500 to 600 percent. 

What are the Modules in the Course?

Modules are the different lessons or chapters according to a syllabus, and the faculty teaches the students according to this module. In India back in 1965, many states like Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh included ‘Vedic Mathematics’ into the state board curriculum. This is because Education is a state subject. But what were the modules which were included, and should be included in general with Vedic Maths? Let’s find them out. 

  1. Vedic Addition
  2. Vedic Subtraction
  3. Multiplication using various methodologies
  4. Squaring using various methods
  5. Cube and Square Roots
  6. Mental Calculation Exercises
  7. Magical tables for Division
  8. ‘Beejank Method’ for the verification of sums

What is the outcome of learning Vedic Maths?

Vedic Maths has proved itself to be one of the shortest methods of solving complex mathematical problems. Following are some of the outcomes expected after being well versed 

  • As it involves the use of complex mental calculations in easier terms, it will help in improving accuracy through an increase in concentration.
  • To solve division and multiplication sums, you would not require to memorize tables. Instead, students would be able to memorize the table of whole number 2 till 99, and such tables can be prepared in less than a minute.
  • Vedic Maths has an interesting technique that will increase your drive to solve maths and hence increase enthusiasm.
  • Competitive exams will become a cakewalk if you can solve math problems with precision.
  • Using these methods can help even the average students crack the exam with flying colors.
  • Forget about the complex square roots and cube roots that you had to remember, and it would less than a minute to solve them using Vedic Maths. 

What is the USP of Vedic Maths?

Everything has a USP. For example, some like writing, while some like solving complex mathematical problems! But the ones who fear Maths can instead learn Vedic Maths by devoting some time to the subject. Vedic Maths can also be called Indian Maths. We have done way more than just inventing zero. Bhaskara and Aryabhatta had various techniques to solve different complex mathematical problems, all in their book. This is what we call ‘Vedic Maths.’ Later in 1965, too, Sri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji Maharaj published a book. Let’s look at the USP of Vedic Maths –

  • Increases interest to learn maths, hence children can enjoy Vedic Maths
  • Increases mind’s ability to learn faster
  • The mind becomes a mental calculator!
  • Boosts self-confidence if you know your calculations and numbers
  • Easy to apply in competitive exams

Who should learn Vedic Maths?

Despite all the positives, some people might still find it tough to put in efforts for something like maths. Honestly, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and the ones interested should only take up any course if they are interested. So let us take a look at the people who should learn Vedic Maths and improve their mental abilities –

  1. Students who have just started to learn Mathematics may take up Education in Vedic Maths.
  2. College is going students, especially the ones in the Science stream.
  3. University is going to students, engineers.
  4. Anyone who has a knack for Mathematics.
  5. Anyone who wishes to learn a new skill in the form of Vedic Maths

Integration with mainstream Indian curriculum

Currently, talks are going on whether to integrate it into the curriculum. But still, there is a lack of clarity on whether such a framework would be brought in at the national level. Considering Education is in the state subject, it is important to note that the administration administers the state board at the state level. Hence, to take up the course at the national level, the concurrence of all the state government along with the union government is important.

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