A 14-year-old student of Ahmedabad-based Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala has brought laurels to his ‘gurukul’ by winning an international mathematics competition held in Indonesia recently.
Tushar Talavat won the ‘International Mathematics Competition’, organised by Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic (ALOHA) International in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta on July 24, where over 1,300 students from 18 countries participated.
“His achievement has not only made the country proud, but also drawn attention towards the Gurukul education system. The ancient Vedic Mathematics has again shone at world-level with his feat,” Mukul Kanitkar, joint organising secretary of RSS-affiliated Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM), said.
Tushar also met HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar who lauded him on Twitter for his amazing accomplishment.
Tushar had also excelled in similar contests organised at state and national levels. During the Gujarat leg of the competition in October last year, he had solved 70 questions in 3 minutes and 30 seconds and defeated 5,300 competitors, a release by BSM claimed.
At the national-level competition in December last year in Chennai, he had solved 70 questions relating to addition, subtraction and multiplication of six digits in 3 minutes and 10 seconds and defeated 4,300 students, it added.
Tushar has completed one-and-half years of his 10-year course at the Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala, that has 90 students and 150 teachers.
“The Gurukul education system doesn’t offer certificates at present. It may do so in another 10 to 12 years after the system gains brand value. Students at Gurukul however can appear for academic exams through National Institute of Open Schooling,” Kanitkar said.