HYDERABAD: Telangana’s Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash has become the fastest human calculator in the world. As a graduate of mathematics from the renowned St. Stephen College in Delhi, he won the first gold for India at the Mental Calculation World Championship at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London earlier this month.
Prakash says he wants to bring back India’s former fame in the field of mathematics. “I broke a record called the Fastest Human Calculator Weed Record, which was once held by Shakuntala Devi and Scott Flansburg,” Prakash was quoted as saying on a news channel.
Prakash has been an extremely talented boy since childhood. He signed up for the SIP Abacus program when he was 5 years old.
He has completed 9 levels of Abacus, a grand master program of the SIP Academy, and not only won the International Abacus Champion ’13 and the National Abacus Champion ’11 & ’12 as well as the Math Genius Award 2015.
The 20-year-old is the founder of ‘Exploring Infinities’, a company that teaches and trains students in fast mental arithmetic. Lessons are free.
As part of “Project Lockdown” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has started to include lectures on the mathematics curriculum in Telugu and Hindi in addition to English, according to a daily newspaper.
The Maths Whiz had launched a two-week digital course for students across India to improve cognitive skills through arithmetic games and exercises. He started his class with 80 students, which is now beyond a lakh student.
He currently focuses on students in grades X and XII.
With his “Exploring Infinities”, Bhanu has worked with over 25 state schools in Telangana under the project name “Project Infinity: Arithmetic Literacy in Govt Schools”. He now plans to expand the initiative to 150 schools by the end of 2020.