Pakistani students shine at International Science Olympiads Won altogether Three Bronze Medals and Four Honorable Mentions in the International Science Olympiads held in Switzerland, Russia, Colombia and Denmark
Pakistani students have yet again proved their mettle at the international level with their superlative performance at the International Science Olympiad held in Switzerland, Moscow, Denmark and Colombia in July/August, 2013.
Four teams of talented Pakistani students represented Pakistan in the 24th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Switzerland, 45th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Russia, 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Colombia and 44th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Denmark. This year all the four teams showed excellent performance altogether winning Three Bronze Medals and Four 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 24th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) was hosted by Switzerland from July 14 to July 21, 2013. About 240 students from 60 countries participated in the event. Of the four students who participated from Pakistan in the event, Ms. Maha Nadir from Fauji Foundation College for Girls, New Lalazar, Rawalpindi won Honorable Mention. The IBO team was led by Dr Zahid Mukhtar.
The 44th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) was hosted by Denmark from July 7 to July 15, 2013. Total 381 students from 83 countries participated in the Olympiad. The IPhO team was led by Dr Shahid Qamar and Dr Aftab Rafiq of PIEAS, Islamabad.
The 45th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) was hosted by Russia, from July 15 to July 24, 2013. About 291 students from 77 countries participated in the event. Of the four students who participated from Pakistan in the event, three of them won Bronze Medals. The award winners are Mr. Muhammad Zain Raza from The City School Islamabad, Ms. Huda Zahid of Beacon House School Faisalabad and Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Khan of 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 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was hosted by Colombia from July 18 to July 28, 2013. About 527 students from 97 countries participated in the event. Of the six students who participated from Pakistan in the event, Mr. Muhammad Adnan from Lahore Grammar School, Lahore, Mr. Shahzaib Ali from FFC Grammar School Mirpur Mathelo, Sindh and Mr. Muhammad Faaiz Taufiq have won Honorable Mentions. The IMO team was led by Prof Dr Barbu Berceanu and Mr. Eejaz Hussain Malik 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 4000 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 IChO-2013 Team: From Left:, Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah (Deputy Team Leader), Ms. Syeda Ayesha Siddiqua, Ms. Huda Zahid (Bronze Medalist), Mr. Muhammad Zain Raza (Bronze Medalist), Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Khan (Bronze Medalist), Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Khan (Team Leader), Moscow, RUSSIA
Pakistani IMO-2013 Team: From Left: Mr. Awais Muhammad Chishti, Mr. Muhammad Adnan (Honorable Mention), Mr. Shahzaib Ali (Honorable Mention), Mr. Muhammad Faaiz Taufiq (Honorable Mention), Mr. Usama Zaid Malik and Mr. Ejaz Hussain Malik (Deputy Team Leader), COLOMBIA