3rd International Vedic Mathematics Conference
RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru
The 3rdInternational conference was held at the RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru from August 23-25, 2018. R.V. College of Engineering (RVCE) established in 1963 is one of the earliest self-financing engineering colleges in the country. The institution is run by Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust (RSST) a not for profit trust. RVCE is today recognized as one of India’s leading technical institutions.
The delegates and speakers came from various countries like UK, USA, South Africa, Dubai and the Philippines, as well as from diverse parts of India, such as Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Nagpur and Hyderabad. The conference spanned over 3 days, where Day 1 and Day 2 were dedicated to the presentation of research papers, and student and teacher workshops were conducted on the Day 3.
At the inaugural session, attended by some 300 people, speeches were given by Sri Syed Shahameer – Registrar of the RV Educational Institutions, Dr K.N.Subramanya - Principal of RVCE, Swati Dave – Trustee of IAVM, and the keynote speech by James Glover – Chair of IAVM. Swati spoke about the IAVM, its activities and rapid expansion and development. In his keynote speech, James spoke about the gift that India has given to the world. He described the expansion of English language, which is taught in around 60% of schools in foreign countries around the world, and yet the decimal system of numbers from India is learnt in 100% of schools around the world. All children across the world learn these numbers and it is a great gift from India. He went on to declare that Vedic mathematics could be the next great gift from India and how this has already taken root in provinces in the Philippines.
The papers presented on Day 1 and 2 were of high quality and subjects ranged from new insights into Vedic maths, History of Indian mathematics, applications of Vedic algorithms to digital technology and on the impact of Vedic maths in education in India. Highlights were on Reverse Osculation by Geeta Ghormade, the Chhanda Shastra of Pingala by Shaifali Joshi, Kolam patterns by Gowri Ramachandran, Binary Arithmetic by Muthuselvie Prabhu, Applications of Graph Theory to ancient Shlokas by Prakash R et al, Prime number investigations by Peter Greenwood and Marianne Fletcher, Modular Arithmetic by Ushar Sundar and indeterminate linear equations by Ashwini Kale. All these papers, and more, demonstrated new research into applications of the Vedic maths sutras.
The complete proceedings will be available by the end of this year.
The third day was entirely taken up with workshops in five streams for High school teachers, primary school teachers, primary students, secondary students and college students. There were about 300 students and 60+ teachers. Most of the workshops were introductory. Of particular note were the sessions run by Dr Vasanth Shastri for college students on how to use Vedic maths to gain advantages in sitting public examinations. Our thanks go to Gowri Ramachandran, Marianne Fletcher, Geeta Ghormade and Kuldeep Singh for running the other workshops. All who attended showed great interest and enthusiasm for the Vedic methods.
Many delegates expressed their sincere wish to have the next international conference at the same venue next year with extended workshops and without parallel sessions for papers.
The IAVM is indebted to staff at RVCE for their generosity and hard work in managing all the logistics. In particular we would like to thank Raghavendra S.G.Prasad, Dr K.Sridevi, Head of Mathematics, and the faculty of the Maths Department for organising and enabling the smooth running of the conference.
The trustees of IAVM have received several invites from institutions wishing to host next year's conference and will announce the venue in due course.