Mumbai: Proving mind-bending math capabilities, 9-year-old Siddharth Saboo (Thane) and three other Mumbai-based students have won the 16th State-Level Abacus & Mental Arithmetic competition held on Sunday, January 12 in Mumbai. Saboo’s win helped him lift the ‘Champion of Champions’ title trophy and bag a cash prize worth ₹30,000.
4,000 UCMAS students across Maharashtra had participated in the UCMAS Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Competition 2020 between the age groups of 4-14 years. The complex text involved solving 200 mathematical problems in 8 minutes, using only the abacus or mental maths. The final four winners are all Mumbaikars from different Mumbai-based UCMAS centres.
The other winners for this prestigious contest included Aditya Satyanarayan Gowds from Prerna Academy on Mira Road (Foundation Module Champion), Ronil Ravi Aswani from Bhavya Ucmas Academy in Ulhasnagar (Construction Module Champion) and Sharvari Dinesh Velkar from Aspire Academy in Bandra East (Advance Model Champion). The trio received a cash award of ₹6,000 each and an additional ‘Champions’ reward of ₹3,000.
Dr. Snehal Karia, President & CEO of UCMAS India, Dr. Chris Chew, Executive Director of UC International (Malaysia), Wong Zi- UC International (Malaysia) and Anjana Roy, Principal of PDMP IES Primary School were invited as chief guests for the competition and felicitated the winners.
CBS Education Pvt Ltd, the Master Franchisee for UCMAS (Mumbai region), had organised the competition. CD Mishra, Director of CBS Education, gushed over the win and said, “It is a very proud moment for us. Our main objective behind organising this competition is to find abacus genius and to develop a healthy competitive spirit among the children while giving them an opportunity and platform to showcase their talent.”
UCMAS stands for Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS), an international educational organisation that is the global leader in whole brain development and mental arithmetic training. It runs training centres in mental arithmetic all over India and abroad. It trains children of 4-14 years in arithmetic and enhances skills like concentration, creativity, listening and photographic memory.