The government of Gujarat has announced that it will introduce Vedic mathematics into the school curriculum from the next school year. The subject is claimed as an easier and faster way to solve arithmetic problems. However, experts suggest it should be an optional subject as it cannot replace modern mathematics, currently taught in schools, The Indian Express reported.
The announcement was made by the state’s Education Minister, Jitu Vaghani, on December 22, on the birth anniversary of famous Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
“Birthday of great Indian mathematician Ramanujan is celebrated in India as National Mathematics Day. On this occasion, government has decided to introduce Vedic Mathematics in schools in a phased manner,” Vaghani tweeted.
The minister said the subject will be introduced gradually from the next academic year 2022-23 from grades 6 to 10 to “disseminate the Indian knowledge system as envisaged in the national education policy.”
Interesting and easy to understand
He further pointed out that Vedic Mathematics would help improve students’ mastery of the subject and make it easier to understand as well as interesting.
Vedic mathematics is an ancient Indian method that simplifies mathematics by incorporating arithmetic operations into 16 “sutras” or formulas.
Its proponents claim that Vedic mathematics reduces the time needed to solve complex problems by reducing the number of steps involved and offers different approaches to get the solution.
“It would improve students’ problem-solving ability and help them solve sums faster. With the use of Vedic mathematical formulas, students will not remain dependent on calculators,” said Kirit Joshi, homeroom teacher and former principal. school, at The Indian Express.
“But Vedic mathematics cannot replace modern mathematics, and it will remain complementary,” he added. Bhaskar Patel, a former member of Gujarat Secondary and Tertiary Education Council, said it should be an optional subject.
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