Mumbai boy, Prashant Gokhale, 15, has bagged a silver medal at the 21st International Astronomy Olympiad held in Bulgaria.
Two other students representing India, from Hyderabad and Indore, won silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, a unit of the National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, announced the winners on Friday.
Close to 16 countries participated in the Olympiad held between October 4 and 13. Students faced three gruelling rounds that tested their theoretical, observational and practical skills in astronomy.
“India was one of the four countries from where all the participants won a medal,” said Madan Gopal, who accompanied the students. They were trained in two camps — orientation and pre-departure, early this year. All were students from Classes 9 and 10.
Gokhale, who is a student of RN Podar School, Santacruz, said, “I was confident of emerging in the top three. I developed an interest in astronomy through various softwares that help us view the skies.”
Wajid Shaik Mulinti from Sri Chaitanya IPL Olympiad School, Hyderabad, also won a silver medal. “I was surprised with the win. I found the observation round a bit tough, questions were tricky,” said Wajid.
Harshit Khandelwal from Bhavans Prominent International School, Indore, said that he plans to pursue a career in astronomy. “I got interested in the subject at a young age. If not astronomy, I will study physics,” he said.