Bhanu Prakash, a DU Student Breaks Shakuntala Devi’s Record To Become World’s Fastest Human Calculator

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Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash a 21-year-old recently broke Shakuntala Devi’s record and won the title of ‘World’s Fastest Human Calculator’. The title was awarded to Bhanu after he won the first-ever gold in Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) for India.

Neelakantha is a Mathematics (Hons) student at St Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He holds several world records, including the 50 Limca record for being the fastest human calculator.
Due to the worldwide pandemic situation, the Olympiad was held online on 15th August and 30 participants took part from 13 different countries like UK, UAE, and France. Bhanu took the lead by 65 points, ultimately winning Gold for India.

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Bhanu has expressed his wish to create “Vision Math” labs which will allow him to reach out to millions of students. He says Vision Math will help children to understand Math and arithmetic calculations and consequently make them fall in love with the subject. He also emphasised on the fact that the Central Government of India should fully recognize ‘Olympic Gold Medal win in Mental Math and Mind Sports’.
Through Vision Math, he aims to improve the government school children’s basic understanding of Maths.

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“I hold 4 world records and 50 Limca records for being the fastest human calculator in the world. My brain calculates quicker than the speed of a calculator. Breaking these records, once held by Math maestros like Scott Flansburg and Shakuntala Devi, is a matter of national pride. I have done my bit to place India on the global level of mathematics,” Bhanu Prakash told ANI.

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Also read: Movie review: Shakuntala Devi

Image Credits: ANI

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Anamika Ghai
I'm from Chandigarh, currently settled in Delhi, for my university. The pollution got the best of me, but I try.

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