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Indian AbacusIndian Abacus at Sharjah International Book Fair 5 - 15 Nov. 2014

Indian Abacus A traditional abacus is defined as a counting frame used by numerous civilizations throughout history. The earliest known documentation of this is a Chinese version, which dates all the way back to the 2ndcentury BC. Although an ancient invention, many people continue to use the abacus today, as it has been observed that regular use of this instrument has many mental benefits including an increased development on the right side of the brain.
Indian inventor Basheer Ahamed spotted a few flaws in this traditional contraption. Although he thought that it was an effective tool and beneficial in many ways, he had a unique idea of tweaking this old invention by making it digital. Transforming an ancient gadget with highly contemporary updates makes it more modern and therefore much more relevant to today's generation.

Ahamed was born in India with an educational background in Chemistry. After graduating he worked with his father in Kuwait and it was there where they first came up for the initial concept for his digital abacus together.

A basic abacus consists of two rows of beads arranged in a variable number of columns. Once you become more familiar with the function of the abacus, you can assign different values to perform more complex numerical operations. Ahamed observed that the problem with this system is that, because the beads are all one color, the children are not able to gain an effective mental picture long enough to assign to the value of each number. The abacus beads would immediately slide back into place, thus erasing the visual pattern repeatedly.

In his own digital version of an abacus, he has cleverly designed chunky hexagon shaped switches rather than beads which are arranged similarly to the ancient frame. Instead of sliding the beads up and down, the user has to flick a switch, which display certain colors – either red or green. With this simple but essential updated tweak, the designs on the board can be visible for as long as the user wants, and therefore the user starts to subconsciously associate different images to different values of numbers, making the process much easier and increasing the creative development of the right side of the brain simultaneously.
Another very practical update the inventor included in his design was to have the digital abacus made more technological, with the option of plugging the instrument into your laptop. By doing this, the user can record their scores and monitor their progress visually and even upload them online to compete with their friends.

Indian Abacus hoists a number of events every year. Given below is a select list.

For Students

  • International Abacus Mental Arithmetic Competition - Once a year (Organised by Global Head Office)
  • National Level Abacus Mental Arithmetic Competition - Once a year (Organised by National Franchisee)
  • All India Abacus Mental Arithmetic Competition - Once a year (Organised by Global Head Office)
  • State Level Competitions - Once a year (Organised by State Franchisee)
  • District Level Competitions (Organized by the Group of Franchisees with the approval of National Franchisee / State Franchisee)
  • Zone Level Competitions (Organized by the Group of Franchisees with the approval of National Franchisee / State Franchisee)
  • Inter Centre Level Competitions (Organized by a group of Franchise centres with the approval of State Franchisee)
  • Centre Level Competitions (Organized by the Franchise centre)
  • Graduation Ceremony at Chennai (Organised by Global Head Office /National Franchisee / State Franchisee)

Master Trainers Conference:

  • International Chief Trainer Conference at Chennai, India (Organised by Global Head Office)
  • All India Chief Trainer Conference at Chennai (Organised by Global Head Office)
  • National Level Chief Trainer Conference (Organised by National Franchisee)

Abacus Tutor:

  • International Abacus Tutor Competition (Organised by Global Head Office)
  • All India Abacus Tutor Competition (Organised by Global Head Office)
  • National Level Abacus Tutor Competition (Organised by National Franchisee)
  • State Level Abacus Tutor Competition (Organised by State Franchisee)

Abacus Tutors Refreshers:

  • All India Level Abacus Tutor Refreshers / seminars / workshops (Organised by Global Franchisee)
  • National Level Abacus Tutor Refreshers / seminars / workshops (Organised by National Franchisee)
  • State Level Abacus Tutor Refreshers / seminars / workshops (Organised by State Franchisee)