Issue 113 - 3rd Online Vedic Mathematics Conference

Vedic Mathematics Newsletter No. 113

A warm welcome to our new subscribers.

The 3rd Vedic Mathematics Online Conference was a big success and this issue’s article (at the end of the newsletter) is a report on it by James Glover.

“the conference revealed a widespread interest not only in the different areas of mathematics relevant to the Vedic methods but also the rich variety of projects and courses available in different parts of the world.”



This new self-contained book, which is written to the child, presents an easy approach to the subject of trigonometry. It begins with squaring and Pythagoras Theorem, then introduces triples like 3,4,5 which the child makes from card and manipulates in various ways to get to understand how they are related and how they can be combined.

This approach avoids the need for the usual terms like ‘sine, ‘cosine’ etc. though these are included in Chapter 10 to connect with the standard terminology.
See details here:

6th FREE WEBINAR FROM IAVM: 23rd April 2017

Topic: Application of Vinculum Numbers, by P. Devaraj
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This was given by Ken Williams on 19th February on the topic Astronomy and the 9-Point Circle: How the motions of Jupiter and Saturn are intimately related to the 9-Point Circle?
You can see the recording by clicking on the link in this page:

Pi DAY TALK by Frank Marzano

I'm writing because, earlier today, Edinboro University hosted Pi Day - normally held on March 14 (Get it?) but logistics delayed it until today [30 March].

Anyway, on Pi Day, high school students (typically in their freshman or sophomore year) visit Edinboro University. The EU math faculty organize math-related games, activities, events, and talks.

I gave a short talk on VM. In particular, I discussed multiplication (vertically & crosswise, squaring, the Antyayor-Dasake'pi sub-corollary) and Division (I only had time for a couple of examples of Paravartya).

It was very enthusiastically received. The students freely rattled off the numbers in the answers, and a high school math teacher in attendance invited me to her school to give a longer presentation. This stuff sells itself.
Frank Marzano
Mathematics Professor, Edinboro University, USA


This was published in the April 2017 edition of ‘Mathematics Today’, a journal of the IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications).

Comment from the reviewer: “This is an intriguing and very readable article on a topic that (I suspect) most readers of Mathematics Today will not have encountered before.  I therefore have no hesitation in recommending it for publication.”

See the article here:


This interesting article by Romith Rao shows how to multiply any two integers using a simple 3-step method: “General Formula for Multiplication”.
See the article here:

If you are interested in getting involved with any of our on-going projects then please email us at
1.       In-Person Conference
Join the team to help organise the 2nd International Vedic Mathematics Conference. We require sponsorship, venue, promotion, logistics and liaising with schools, colleges, and other interested parties.
2.       Certification and Online Assessment Platform
Create new questions for online practice worksheets and certification tests. Provide admin support to track registrations, issue certificates, etc. Help with copy-editing. Guru and Anu are leading this new digital initiative.
3.       Curate Digital Resources
Find and organise the most relevant, original and highest quality digital content on Vedic Mathematics. The content to include videos, presentations, and research articles
4.       Curate and Compile VM Research Papers on the new applications
There have been many new applications of VM sutras and we need a volunteer to gather these together and organise them into a user-friendly directory.
5.       VM Grade Wise Curriculum Development
Create structure and progression of VM methods for Grades 1 to 12. Develop course material, such as Teacher Handbook and Student worksheets.  This project involves mapping VM methods to enable integration into the school curriculum.
6.       Binary Systems
Join a small research group currently studying and collating studies on how the Vedic Maths sutras can be used at the heart of binary systems used in computer architecture.
7.       Research
Let us know if you wish to get involved in original research. We are always interested in promoting research into the application of the VM sutras.


Aa well as various minor modifications and improvements this new edition has a new chapter: “Easy Trig Solutions in Degrees”. Calculators are in widespread use to solve trig problems (finding sides and angles of right-angled triangles), but here we see how to get approximate solutions very easily without a calculator. See:


The next Teacher Training Course starts on 15th May 2017. Details here:

Applied Mathematics Applications of VM starts 29th May 2017:

For other 2017 courses details see:


3rd Online Vedic Mathematics Conference

Report by James Glover

The third online conference was held during the weekend of 18th – 19th March and organised by the Institute for the Advancement of Vedic Mathematics (IAVM) in association with the Vedic Maths Academy (VMA). The conference consisted of research papers, workshops, discussions and reports from different parts of the world about activities connected with Vedic Mathematics.

All the participants were enthused by the interesting presentations and workshops.

Day 1

The proceedings opened with a welcome from Swati Dave followed by a brief report by myself on the recent 1st International Vedic Mathematics Conference in Kolkata. The proceedings from that event will be available within two months from now.

Anna Foglino, from Italy, presented a research paper on how the sutras apply to the calculation of Permutations, Combinations and Dispositions. This largely employs the Ekadhikena sutra, By one more than the one before.

We then heard from Shruti Tulsian in Luxembourg who has recently started running courses on VM for children. She has made information about these courses available on her website at Her aim is simple – to make students love maths and to prevent maths phobia. Shruti also aims to get school teachers interested in the methods. She has conducted several workshops at high-footfall events such as an education fair.

Nivedna Sirkissoon also described a recent start-up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has initiated two organisations, Vedic Maths Org South Africa and MagicalMaths. The first of these has been founded in order to assist underprivileged children with their maths skills and is based on donation and sponsorship.

In Israel Raymond Austin has been studying VM and is now delivering lessons to a few children. He has approached the Indian embassy in Tel Aviv to help promote VM in Israel. Raymond is currently working on translating Vedic Maths into Hebrew.

Kenneth Williams gave an inspiring workshop on how each of the sixteen sutras of Vedic mathematics can be used for division. This really opens up the possibility for new areas of research because each of the sutras has manifold applications. Ken invited us to the challenge of taking some other areas, such as multiplication, and also finding out how each of the sutras apply. The gauntlet has been thrown down!

Vinay Nair gave a very interesting and thought-provoking workshop dealing with puzzles and proofs. The puzzles started with reverse multiplications, in other words, given a product, find the two factors. He led on to look at puzzles involving combinatronics, palindromes and Nikhilam multiplication. Vinay then showed how proofs of the Vedic methods can be seen through algebra. He concluded that puzzles and proofs can help develop creative thinking within students.

Day 2

The second day of the conference opened with Swati giving an overview of the IAVM, it’s activities over the past year and the future roadmap. In 2016 the institute successfully became a UK registered charity and launched its website. In addition to assisting the VMA with the last online conference, the IAVM organised and ran the 1st International VM Conference and launched its ongoing series of free webinars. Swati then outlined plans for 2017 which include setting up an online platform, assessment and certification at three levels, packs of practice worksheets and organising and running the 2nd International conference.

Guru and Anu, who live in Sydney then presented a new complete digital initiative for the IAVM. Their plans are to provide online practice and assessments for the certification, VM mobile apps and an e-learning programme. The first stages of this large project will be piloted during this year.

Nacho Ruiz lives in Spain and gave a report on his work there. His vision is to write Vedic maths material in Spanish. He has written a free ebook called Multiplica Como Nadie (Multiplies Like Nobody) and is writing another on Division. He is also engaged in translating Ken Williams Teacher Training Course into Spanish. Nacho has produced a website and blog which can be found at

Krishna Kirtan explained about the progress of his Sunday school programme in which he has 8 groups for 1 - 2 hours for 36 Sundays in a year. He has a carefully structured course at Elementary for grades 3 - 7, Intermediate for grades 5 - 10 and Advanced for grade 12. Each course is further divided into three levels and each level divided into 4 Blocks of particular topics. Krishna also reported on the successes and challenges he has met.

A video slide report from Veronica Prudente revealed some of the amazing work going on in several parts of the Philippines. Each year Veronica and Virgilio run Math-Inic Maths Challenges involving thousands of children. Virgilio has written two books, 25 Maths Short Cuts (6000 copies sold in two years) and, more recently, Algebra Made Easy As Arithmetic. Both of these are based on the Vedic Maths methods.

We received a slide presentation from Sivaram Pusapati in Japan. He described how he has run two elementary and two intermediate courses there. He has also written a Homework Book for practice (available online for free) and translated the Elementary Level Manual into Japanese. Sivaram is helping promote VM in Japan through television shows and the Tokyo Maths Club. He has an associate teacher reaching out to Japanese in Yokohama.

In New Jersey, Chandrasekheran Rama holds regular classes in VM for children once a week at multiple centres. He runs four parallel classes involving 50 - 60 students. He is currently looking for more teachers to teach the material.

Raymond Austin, who lives in Israel presented his research paper, Application of Vedic Mathematics in High Speed Systems – Complete Survey. This paper describes how the VM methods used in binary calculations speed up processes used in computing. It provides a very thorough description of the structure of technology processes and objectively surveys the current designs.

I gave a workshop on how the VM method for algebraic division using the Paravartya sutra can be used to provide very easy and quick solutions for some problems involving binomial expansions when a power series expansion is required. The method was also employed as part of the proof of Ramanujan’s intriguing discovery that the infinite sum of all positive integers comes to minus one-twelfth!

For the final workshop on day 2 Naveen Bhargava showed us some wonderfully speedy methods for squaring various numbers. This was a glimpse of some of the developments he has made by recognising patterns in numbers. Navreen will be giving a workshop at our next webinar on 23rd April. Please join us for that.

In conclusion, the conference revealed a widespread interest not only in the different areas of mathematics relevant to the Vedic methods but also the rich variety of projects and courses available in different parts of the world. There were reports from Australia, Philippines, Ghana, India, United Kingdom, USA, Luxemburg, Spain, Japan, Israel, South Africa and Italy. A wonderful portrayal of expanding interest and development! Participants were greatly encouraged and enthused and the organisers would like to thank all who took part.

Papers and video workshops will soon be available on the IAVM website at

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14th April 2017


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