All the 13 Indian students who participated in three International Science Olympiads recently won laurels for the country. While five won gold medals, four have won silver and the rest bronze medals. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), a training institute for the science Olympiads, will felicitate these students on Tuesday.
The 42nd International Physics Olympiad was conducted in Thailand’s Bangkok from July 10 to July 18. Total 400 students from 84 countries participated in the Olympiad. Of the five students who participated from India in the event, three won gold medals while the remaining two got silver. Prof Vijay Singh, national coordinator for science Olympiads, TIFR, said: “In terms of medals tally, India stood at the fifth position among 84 participating nations.”
Bhatinda girl Sumedha Garg, who won a gold medal, has topped the girl’s category in the International Physics Olympiads and stood 11th among 393 students. The team was led by two leaders—Prof Charudatt Kadolkar, College of Engineering, Pune and Dr MK Raghavendra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
The 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad was held in Ankara, Turkey, from July 10 to July 18. About 270 students from 70 countries participated,of the four students from India, two bagged gold medals while one each won silver and bronze medals. While students participating in the science Olympiads are Class 12 pass outs, one of the gold medalists from the Chemistry team, Diptarka Hait, was just Class 11 pass.
The 22nd International Biology Olympiad was held in Taipei from July 10 to July 17. About 220 students from 59 countries participated in the event. All the four Indian students won silver medals. The team was accompanied by Prof MM Chaturvedi from Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Delhi and Dr Ujwala Bapat from St Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
“It must be noted that all these students were selected via three-tier process. The first-tier consisted of a nation-wide examination in the specific subjects. The remaining two-tiers consisted of a series of tests— theoretical and practical. After the tests the teams were given extensive training at the TIFR,” Singh said.