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Pakistani students excel at International Science Olympiads
Pakistani Students Won altogether One Silver Medal, Five Bronze Medals and Two Honorable Mentions in the International Science Olympiads held in Denmark, Azerbaijan, Thailand and India in July-August, 2015

The Pakistani talented students selected by the STEM Careers Programme (SCP) and its Home Institutes, represented Pakistan in 26th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Denmark, 47th International Teams of Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Baku, Azerbaijan, 56th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) in Chiang Mai, Thailand and 46th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Mumbai, India in July, 2015. This year all the four teams have yet again proved their mettle at the international level with their superlative performance at the International Science Olympiad and showed excellent performance altogether by winning One Silver Medal, Five 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, CIIT, 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 26th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) was hosted by Aarhus, Denmark from July 12-19 July, 2015. The 239 talented high school students from 61 countries participated in IBO 2015. Of the four students who participated from Pakistan in the event, Mr. Arqum Anwar from Karachi Grammar School, Karachi won Silver Medal, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan Cadet College Hasanabdal, won Bronze Medal, Mr. Muddassir Ali Aftab from F. G. Sir Syed College for Boys, Rawalpindi and Mr. Muhammad Ahmad from Chenab College, Jhang received Merit Certificates. The IBO team was led by Dr. Zahid Mukhtar and Dr. Muhammad Saeed of NIBGE, Faisalabad. It merit to mention here that Mr. Arqum Anwar has already received fully funded scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies in the field of Biological Sciences at Cambridge University, Cambridge UK. Last year Ms Anam Javed got scholarship for BS studies in Cell & Molecular Biology from Harvard University, USA.


Participants of 26th International Biology Olympiad (IBO-26) held in Aarhus, Denmark

The 46th International Physics Olympiad was held in Mumbai, India, from July 5-13 July, 2015. Over 400 high school students from 86 countries participated in the event. The team leader was Dr. Ahmed Naweed and deputy team leader was Dr.Fazal Badshah of COMSTAS, Islamabad accompanied with 5 students from Pakistan. Talha Irfan Khawaja from Aitchison College, Lahore won a Bronze Medal, while, Noor ul Huda from Lahore Grammar School, Lahore earned an Honorable Mention.


Participants of 47th  International Physics Olympiad (IPHO-47), Mumbai, India

The 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 20-29 July, 2015 where 300 students representing 75 countries from around the world participated in the competition. The bronze medalists of Pakistan team are out of 4 students representing Pakistan in ICHO-2015 are Abdullah Altaf from Govt. Post Graduate College, Dera Ghazi Khan and Syed Faizan Haider Zaidi from City School, Lahore.
The 56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was hosted by Thailand from July 04 -16 July, 2015. About 600 students from 106 countries participated in the event. Of the six students who participated from Pakistan in the event, Mr. Awais Muhammad Chishti from Lahore Grammar School, Lahore has won Bronze Medal. The IMO team was led by Dr Sarfraz Ahmed and Dr. Sana of COMSATS, Lahore.

Participants of 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO-47) held in Baku, Azarbaijan

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 5000 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.

Participants of 56th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO-56) held in Chiang Mai, Thailand