Delhi’s Stephen’s college student Neelkantha Bhanu Prakash, 20, breaks Shakunthala Devi’s record to become ‘fastest human caluclator’. Neelkantha is from Hyderabad, Telangana has won gold medal for India at the Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad held in London.
“Beating 29 competitors, up to 57 years of age, from 13 countries, I won the gold medal with a clear margin of 65 points. The judges were spellbound by my speed; they required me to perform more calculations to confirm my accuracy,”
30 candidates from the United Kingdom, Germany, UAE, France, Greece, and Lebanon participated in the Mind Sport Olympiad which was held virtually. In 1998 the first math event was held.
“I hold four 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 experts 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,” Fastest human calculator said.
“This is the first time that India has won a gold medal. It is the most prestigious international competition for games of mental skill and mind sports…This is equivalent to any other Olympic event”
“Three out of every four students who study in the government schools in India have trouble in understanding basic Mathematics. The phobia is the cause for kids opting out of rural schools in India.” adding that, he said “for any country to develop and thrive globally, numeracy is as important a skill as literacy.”
“Bhanu Prakash has proved to be the pride of India as he is the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Mind Sports Olympics…,” said Srinivas Jonnalgadda, father of Neelkantha.