All five students who formed the Indian contingent at this year’s International Physics Olympiad in Estonia won a medal each on Tuesday.
The 43rd International Olympiad that comprised 400 students from across the world was held between July 15 and July 24 at Tartu and Tallin, Estonia.
Among the 88 countries that participated in the competition, India bagged one gold medal, three silver medals and one bronze medal. There is no official ranking of nations.
“Our students were competing with the best students from other countries. We did well despite stiff competition,” said professor Vijay Singh, national coordinator, science Olympiads, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).
HBCSE is the nodal centre for all science Olympiads and students are selected in a three-tier process to represent the country in international Olympiads. While the first level consists of a nationwide examination, the remaining two levels comprise a series of theoretical and practical tests of which the final five are selected.
Those who won medals are Rahul Trivedi from Lucknow (gold), Bijoy Singh Kochar from Mohali (silver), Inala Jeevana Priya from Secunderabad (silver), Kunal Singhal from New Delhi (silver) and Pulkit Tandon from Jabalpur (bronze).