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