STEM Careers Programme


Pakistani Students Won One Silver, Four Bronze Medals and Two Honorable Mentions in the International Science Olympiads held in United States, Argentina, Singapore, and Estonia

Four teams of talented Pakistani students represented Pakistan in the 23rd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Singapore, 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in United States, 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Argentina and 43rd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Estonia. This year all the four teams showed excellent performance altogether winning One Silver, Four Bronze Medals and Two Honorable Mentions in these events. The International Science Olympiads are unique competitions to discover, encourage and Challenge gifted young students all over the world.

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 23rd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) was hosted by Singapore from July 8 to July 15, 2012. About 236 students from 59 countries participated in the event. Of the three students who participated from Pakistan in the event, two won Bronze Medals and one got Honorable Mention The bronze medalists include Mr. Usama Tahir from Lahore Grammar School Lahore, Ms. Hafsa Shahab from Lahore Grammar School Islamabad, and Mr. Hassan Mirza (Honorable Mention) from Lahore Grammar School Lahore.The IBO team was led by Dr Zahid Mukhtar.

The 43rd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) was hosted by Estonia from July 15 to July 24, 2012. Total 400 students from 88 countries participated in the Olympiad. Of the five students who participated from Pakistan in the event, one of them won Bronze Medal. The awards winner is Mr. Muhammad Taimoor Iftikhar (Bronze Medal) from Rangers Public School & College Mandi Bahauddin. The IPhO team was led by Dr Shahid Qamar and Dr Aftab Rafiq of PIEAS, Islamabad.

The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) was hosted by United States, from July 21 to July 30, 2012. About 270 students from 70 countries participated in the event. Of the four students who participated from Pakistan in the event, one of them won Bronze Medal. The award winners is Mr. Armughan Ahmad Khan from Lahore Grammar School Lahore. The IChO team was led by Prof Dr. Khalid M Khan and Dr Muhammad Raza Shah of HEJ Research Institute, Karachi.

The 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was hosted by Argentina from July 8 to July 16, 2012. About 600 students from 100 countries participated in the event. Waqar Ali Syed of Beacon House School Karachi won Silver Medal while Ms. Huma Sibghat from Hamza Army Public School & College Rawalpindi 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 6000 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-2012 Team: From Left: Mr. Hassan Mirza (Honorable Mention), Ms. Hafsa Shahab (Bronze Medalist), Mr.  Usama Tahir (Bronze Medalist) and Dr. Zahid Mukhtar (Team Leader), SINGAPORE



Mr. Armughan Ahmad (Bronze Medalist), IChO-2012, UNITED STATES



Pakistani IPhO-2012 Team: From Left: Mr. Usman Ali Javid, Dr Aftab Rafiq (Deputy Team Leader), Mr. Muhammad Taimoor Iftikhar (Bronze Medalist), Dr. Shahid Qamar (Team Leader), Mr. Muhammd Suhaib Qasim and Mr. Usman Ayaz, ESTONIA


Pakistani IMO-2012 Team: From Left: Dr. Barbu Rudolf Berceanu (Team Leader), Ms. Huma Sibghat (Honorable Mention), Mr. Waqar Ali Syed (Silver Medalist), Mr. Usama Zahid Malik, Mr.Azlan Shaukat, Mr. Dilsher Ahmed, and Dr Ahmed Mahmood Qureshi (Deputy Team Leader), ARGENTINA