Students and teachers shone alike on Thursday. While the kids, three from Delhi schools and one from Chennai, have made it to the Indian team for the 18th International Olympiad in Informatics, the latter won the 'Best Science Teacher' award for inspiring students to take up science as career.
Among the schoolchildren, Harpreet Singh and Kshitij Bansal are from Apeejay School in New Delhi while Prateek Karandikar is from Mother's International, also in New Delhi, and Swaran Kumar from PS Senior Secondary School in Chennai.
These students will represent the country in the Olympiad to be held in Mexico from August 13 to 20. The students were chosen through the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics, a nationwide competition organised by the Indian Association for Research in Computer Science (IARCS).
The 'Best Science Teacher' award has gone to IIT Kanpur principal RS Srivastava, retired professor NS Leela and retired teacher HL Ramachandra Sastry (both in Bangalore).
The award, instituted by the Prof CNR Rao Education Foundation, carries a purse and a citation. It would be presented at a special ceremony, to be held in Bangalore on July 10.
The awardees were selected by a panel of eminent scientists, educationists and teachers constituted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.
The Foundation, established in 2005, was dedicated to promotion of science education at all levels through financial support for students pursuing science as a career and honouring science teachers for their invaluable service towards science education.