STEM Careers Programme


Pakistani Students Won Nine Bronze Medals and Four Honorable Mentions in the International Science Olympiads held in Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Netherlands

Four teams of talented Pakistani students represented Pakistan in the 22nd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Taipei Taiwan, 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Ankara, Turkey, 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Amsterdam, Netherlands and 42nd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Bangkok, Thailand. This year all the four teams showed excellent performance altogether winning nine Bronze Medals and four Honorable Mentions in these events.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, the joint organizers of STEM Careers Program for grooming talented youth for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), extends it congratulations to all the medalists and winners of the honorable mentions and their proud parents for winning laurels to their country and their respective schools and colleges. The dedication and hard work of teams leaders from home institutes; NIBGE, Faisalabad, , HEJ Research Institute, Karachi University, ASSMS, GCU, Lahore and PIEAS , Islamabad in selecting, preparing these talented students and members of the STEM Careers Programme, HEC, in providing logistic support played a key role in this achievement.

The 22nd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) was hosted by Taiwan from July 10 to July 17. About 220 students from 59 countries participated in the event. All the four members Pakistani team won Bronze Medals in the event.  The bronze medalists include Mr. Armaghan-E-Rehman Mansoor from Divisional Model College Faisalabad, Ms. Numra Abdul Aleem from Lahore Grammar School Lahore, Ms. Urooj Imdad Ali from BAMM BECHS Govt College Karachi and Ms. Saneeha Shahid from the City School Islamabad. The IBO team was led by Dr Zafar M Khalid and Dr Zahid Mukhtar of NIBGE Faisalabad.

The 42nd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) was hosted by Thailand from July 10 to July 18. Total 400 students from 84 countries participated in the Olympiad. Of the five students who participated from Pakistan in the event, two won Bronze Medals and two got Honorable Mention. The awards winner are Mr. Urwa Muaz (Bronze Medal) from Bloomfield Hall School Multan, Mr. Muhammad Umar (Bronze Medal) from Pak Turk Int. School & College Islamabad, Mr. Salman Azmat (Honorable Mention) from Punjab College of Science Lahore and Mr. Ibrahim Ahmad (Honorable Mention) from Roots Montessori & High School, Islamabad.. The IPhO team was led by Dr Shahid Qamar and Dr Aftab Rafiq of PIEAS, Islamabad.

The 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) was hosted by Turkey, from July 10 to July 18. About 270 students from 70 countries participated in the event. Two of the four Pakistani students won Bronze Medals while one of them won Honorable Mention. The award winners are Mr. Syed Muhammad Saad Imran (Bronze Medal) from Generationís School Karachi,  Ms. Marium Ahmed Uqaili (Honrable Mention) from Lahore Grammar School Lahore and Ms. Amna Rashid (Honorable Mention) from Lahore Grammar School Islamabad.  The IChO team was led by Prof Dr. Khalid M Khan and Dr Raza Shah of HEJ Research Institute, Karachi.

The 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was hosted by The Netherlands from July 16 to July 24. About 564 students from 101 countries participated in the event. Waqar Ali Syed of Beacon House School Karachi won Bronze Medal while Mr. Hammad Ali Khan Seyal from Lahore Grammar School Lahore won Honorable Mention.  The IMO team was led by Prof Dr Barbu Berceanu and Dr Ahmed Mahmood Qureshi of ASSMS, GCU, Lahore.

These annual International Olympiads provide pre-university science students from around the world an opportunity to compete in solving challenging theoretical and experimental science problems that only the most talented youth of their age can answer. Most of the Pakistani students invariably get scholarship for their higher studies in leading universities of the world such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Caltech and Oxford.

The process of selection of for the National Science Talent Contest (NSTC) commences in September each year with posting an announcement on SCP website, publishing advertisement in major national dailies and sending introductory packages to about 2500 colleges throughout the country. This is followed by a screening test, usually held on the first or second Sunday of the New Year  in the major cities all over the country.  Every year more than 5000 student who must have scored a minimum of 70 % or more marks in their SSC or O-level exams take part in the contest. Fifty of the top scorers in each subject of NSTC are selected on the basis of their performance in the Screening Test. Further grooming and screening through a series of training camps at the home institutes of each subject leads to the selection of a 4 ‑ 6 member student teams for the Olympiads.

Pakistani IBO-2011 Team: From Left: Mr. Armaghan-E-Rehman Mansoor (Bronze Medalist), Dr. Zafar M. Khalid  (Team Leader), Dr. Zahid Mukhtar (Deputy Team Leader), Ms. Urooj Imdad Ali (Bronze Medalist), Ms. Saneeha Shahid (Bronze Medalist) and Ms. Numra Abdul Aleem (Bronze Medalist), Taipei Taiwan



Pakistani IChO-2011 Team: From Left: Prof. Dr. Khalid M Khan (Team Leader), Mr. Syed Muhammad Saad Imran  (Bronze Medalist), Mr. Uzair Ijaz Khan, Ms. Marium Ahmed Uqaili (Bronze Medalist), Ms. Amna Rashid and Dr. Raza Shah (Deputy Team Leader) Ankara, Turkey


Pakistani IPhO-2011 Team: From Left: Dr. Shahid Qamar (Team Leader), Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed (Honorable Mention), Mr. Urwa Muaz (Bronze Medalist), Mr. Salman Azmat (Honorable Mention), Mr. Mohammad Umer (Bronze Medalist), and Dr Aftab Rafiq (Deputy Team Leader), Bangkok, Thailand.


Pakistani IMO-2011 Team: From Left: Mr.Syed Muhammad Ahmed Ghufran, Mr. Hammad Ali Khan Seyal (Honorable Mention), Prof. Dr. Ahmad Mahmood Qureshi (Deputy Team Leader), Ms. Misha Nasir Jamy, Mr. Waqar Ali Syed (Bronze Medalist), Amsterdam, Netherlands .