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International Olympiads 2002: Commendable Show by the Indian Teams

 
 

The Indian teams of students performed commendably at all the four International Olympiads in mathematics and basic sciences (physics, chemistry and biology) held in July 2002. As for the past many years, each one of the 19 students, representing India at these prestigious international events for young pre-university students returned with a medal. India received 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Mathematics, 1 Gold and 4 Silver Medals in Physics, 2 Gold and 2 Bronze Medals in Chemistry and 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Biology.

 

A brilliant achievement was that of Sumit Kumar of Hissar, Haryana who ranked first in the International Chemistry Olympiad Experimental Contest.

 

The Over-all Indian team's rank was among the top 10 or so of all the countries participating in these annual world events. More specifically, the results are:-

 

Mathematics:

  1. Nikhil A Savale, Pune Gold
  2. Sucharit Sarkar, Kolkata Silver
  3. Swarnendu Datta, Kolkata Silver
  4. Bhaskara Aditya, Hyderabad Silver
  5. Shubhangi Saraf, Pune Bronze
  6. Tanmay N. Deshpande, Pune Bronze

The team was led by Dr. B. J. Venkatachala of the Olympiad Cell (NBHM, DAE), at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Prof. Hemalatha Thiagarajan of the Regional Engineering College, Trichy. A total of 80 countries participated in the event.

 

Physics:

  1. Ravishankar Sundararaman, Mumbai Gold
  2. Sundeep B, Bangalore Silver
  3. Hirakendu Das, Hyderabad Silver
  4. Kushal Mukherjee, Bangalore Silver
  5. Shanthanu Bhardwaj, Mathura Silver

The team was led by Prof. Arvind Kumar of Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai and Dr. Ravi Bhattacharjee of SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi. A total of 296 students representing 67 countries participated in the event.

 

Chemistry:

  1. Sumit Kumar Hissar, Haryana Gold
  2. Salim Dewani, Mumbai Gold
  3. Arjun Krishnan, Chennai Bronze
  4. Shriram Shivaraman, Nagpur Bronze

The team was led by Prof. Y. D. Vankar of IIT, Kanpur and Dr. D. V. Prabhu of Wilson College. Mumbai. A total of 226 students representing 57 countries participated in the event.

 

Biology:

  1. Hrishikesh Bhattacharya, Kolkata Silver
  2. Siddhartha Sarkar, Jaipur Silver
  3. Ashish Aggarwal, Patiala Bronze
  4. Sruti Srivatsan, Chennai Bronze

The team was led by Dr.Medha Rajadhyaksha of Sophiya College, Mumbai and Dr. Rekha Vartak of Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai. A total of 155 students representing 41 countries participated in the event.

 

The Indian Olympiad Programme in physics, chemistry and biology is coordinated by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. In organising the National Olympiads in physics, chemistry and biology, HBCSE collaborates with the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and the Indian Association of Chemistry Teachers (IACT). The first stage of selection is carried out by IAPT and IACT.

 

The Mathematics Olympiad Programme is overseen by the National Board of Higher Mathematics of DAE.

 

The training camps in all the four subjects, leading to the selection of the final teams for the International Olympiads are held at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR) in May-June every year.

 

The Olympiad Programme in physics, chemistry and biology is supported by DAE through its Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The Mathematics Olympiad Programme is supported by NBHM (DAE) and MHRD.