Three Nepali students among 42 finalists in elite science contest
Prabesh Luintel, Rabin Gosain and Utsav Shrestha from Nepal were among 42 elite science contestants selected from 4,400 participants at this year’s Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)/UNESCO Science Olympiad.
Participants in the Olympiad, which aims to popularize science, enhance scientific knowledge and promote innovative thinking, are students currently at India’s 11th grade or its equivalent in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. The awards function for the winners was held on 14 November 2011 at IGNOU’s New Delhi campus.
A selection test was held on 21 August 2011 at 118 centres in SAARC nations in which 4,400 students from India, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka took part.
Of these 4,400 entrants, 950 “toppers” were selected to receive merit certificates. The 42 top performers took a second-tier test on 13 November 2011 and received a gold medal award from the Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology.
The top seven were awarded INTEL Awards of Excellence and four were chosen to receive “Best Subject Excellence Awards” in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
The merit certificates, awards, medals, and other prizes were given “as recognition of the achievements of these bright and outstanding youngsters with a view to sustain their interest in basic sciences”.
The key objective of the Olympiad is to provide young people from the SAARC region with a unique competitive platform in which to improve their scientific knowledge.
The Olympiad organizers hope the event will gradually bring about a transformation in the classroom approach to science and make it more interactive, practical and innovative by infusing a healthy competitive sprit through rewards-based contests.