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 Talawat 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 here. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari also attend the press meet in which Tushar demonstrated the pace at which he can do arithmetic calculations.
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 Gurukul.
"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. The Hemchandracharya Sanskrit Pathshala has 90 students and 150 teachers.
Tushar also met HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. "Like Tushar, other students can really showcase their talent
through various competitions," Javadekar tweeted after the meeting.