Vedic Maths rejected, Supporters up in Arms

Centuries old Vedic Mathematics rejected by Professor at International Maths Congress

Kolkata, West Bengal, October 3, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire/ -- The supporters of Vedic Mathematics are up in arms against the recent International Congress of Mathematics at Hyderabad terming their discipline "insignificant" and stressed that it was equally valid as other branches of mathematics.

"Vedic Maths is just a bag of calculations. It is not a system and is of no significant value." Prof M S Raghunathan had said while addressing the mathematical congress. He had later detracted from his earlier statement and said that "it is not serious maths.It is not without its utilities but its quick tricks has entertainment values."

Its miffed supporters, however, claimed that the discipline was being taught in seven countries but not being given due respect in the country of its origin. They said they were contemplating legal action on the issue.

"A section of senior Mathematicians including Prof M S Raghunathan had termed Vedic Mathematics as insignificant. It has already been implemented in 9000 schools of South Africa and very soon will be included in the national curriculum of six more countries like Oman, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia etc. Students love this system as it builds confidence and it reduces math phobia in students, why then it is insignificant?" said Gaurav Tekriwal ,president of Vedic Maths Forum India in the city.

Tekriwal said such comments were demeaning to the school of mathematics, which was thousands of years old. "Sources of Vedic Mathematics Sutras are given in Srimad Bhagavatam Chapter 10.3.25. In addition to this, principles have been found in the Vedas after research by scholars at the Govardhan Matha ( Puri). Seven Books have been written by the Shankaracharya based on these references from the Vedas," he said.

Its supporters said the discipline was founded by Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja, who was the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Matha in Puri. They said this high speed mental calculation method was called "Vedic" since the sutras (formulae) are said to be contained in the Atharva Veda and are from the Vedic period.

"VM is extremely popular amongst our students, teachers and parents and they cannot get enough of it. We need to get it to the masses in an easy and ready manner. One of our teachers is using Vedic Mathematics very successfully and with fun for students with learning difficulty.

There are too many success stories to cite here." said Mayoor Patel, from New England UK.

  • Prof.M.S.Raghunathan is a Professor of Eminence at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
  • The Vedic Maths Forum India has been promoting the cause of Vedic Mathematics globally from the last ten years.
  • Over 9000 Schools in South Africa teach Vedic Mathematics and six more countries are planning to introduce in their core curriculum.
  • Vedic Mathematics is becoming popular abroad because of a high failure rate in Mathematics in various countries.