Vedic Mathematics: Discovering the Magic of Ancient Indian Mathematics

Teerthanker Mahaveer University recently hosted a workshop on Vedic Mathematics on 11 February 2023 for enthusiastic students of different colleges of the University. The one-day workshop introduced the ancient Indian mathematics system, known for its simplicity, efficiency, and accuracy. The University's Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Development (CTLD) organized the event.

Dr. Aditya Sharma, the Registrar, inaugurated the workshop. In his inaugural address, he stressed that the workshop was part of a larger initiative of Teethanker Mahaveer University to promote the study of traditional knowledge systems and their relevance to modern-day challenges. The University plans to organize more workshops and courses on Vedic Mathematics and related topics in the future. The endeavor is something even the current state & central government and the education ministry is stressing to revive the ancient knowledge and practices of Indian origin.

Vedic Mathematics is a system of mathematical principles and techniques based on 16 sutras (aphorisms) and 13 sub-sutras. The plan was developed by ancient Indian scholars to perform complex calculations quickly and easily. The workshop aimed to make students comfortable with the principles of Vedic Mathematics and its practical applications.

The workshop was conducted by Mr. Pradeep Panwar, a renowned expert in Vedic Mathematics and a faculty member at a reputed University. The sessions covered mental calculations, divisibility rules, squaring and cubing numbers, and more. The workshop was attended by more than 100 participants from diverse backgrounds, including students and teachers. The participants were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the sessions, asking questions and participating in group activities. The workshop was designed to be interactive, with participants given ample opportunities to practice the techniques and apply them to real-life scenarios.

The session focused on mental calculations, which is one of the most important aspects of Vedic Mathematics. The participants were taught various mental calculation techniques without using paper or calculators. The methods included tricks for multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction and strategies for finding squares and cubes of numbers using base and component methods. The session also focused on squaring and cubing numbers, another important aspect of Vedic Mathematics. The participants were taught techniques for finding the square and cube of any number, including numbers with multiple digits. The techniques were based on the Principles of Vedic Mathematics and were designed to be simple and intuitive. After completion of teaching, an evaluation test was conducted to check the student's learning, and the students were given certificates of participation.

The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about Vedic Mathematics. Some of the participants commented on the simplicity and elegance of the techniques. In contrast, others praised the system's effectiveness in solving complex problems. Many participants also expressed interest in learning more about Vedic Mathematics and its applications.

Regarding the workshop, Director CTLD Prof. R.N Krishna expressed his view of Vedic Mathematics and how that has stood the test of time and is still relevant today. He shared how the workshop has provided the participants with valuable tips for the system and its practical applications as well. He also praised the team of trainers who have put their hard work into conducting such workshops; he congratulated the students for turning up in huge numbers and showing their interest in such seminars.

Deputy Director CTLD Mr. Dilip Dutt Varshney and executive trainer Mr. Deepak Katiyar was the overall coordinator of the workshop in which all trainers Jasmine Stephen, Atul Dayal, Amod Solanki, Anant Bhardwaj, Sagar Pratap Singh, Vipin Chauhan, Alka Dayal, Charvee Khatri, Chandra Bhushan Sinha contributed immensely. Overall, the workshop was a great success, and the participants left with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and power of Vedic Mathematics.

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