Three Pune students are among the six selected to represent India at the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held at Astana in Kazakhstan from July 2.
Announcing the team on Thursday, H.C. Pradhan, director of the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, said: “Finalists were chosen from a month-long intensive training camp with faculty chosen from across the country.”
Student of Pune’s Modern School, Gaurav Patil (18), represented India last year as well. “I did expect to be chosen. But the competition from the juniors posed stiff competition,” said Patil. Will last year’s experience help? “While I do have an advantage, the questions are not repeated. So there will be tense moments,” said Patil.
To prepare the Indian team, a month-long training camp is organised every year. The participants are selected through an Indian National Mathematical Olympiad.
Apart from Patil, the other two students from Pune are Akshay Degwekar and Anand Degwekar, both from Jog Junior College. Two other students, Romno Das and Akashnil Dutta reside in Kolkata and Satyaki Mukherjee is from West Bengal.
Indian participation in IMO is sponsored by the National Board for Higher Mathematics of the Department of Atomic Energy and Ministry of Human Resources Development.