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Lot to learn from Maths

Divya, 14, from DPS, RK Puram, proved her prowess at numbers by securing the second rank at the National Math Olympiad

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 11:15 IST
Manu Shankar
Manu Shankar

What does it take to be a champion? Grit, determination, talent or a blend of all these with a bit of luck? If this is the criteria to choose the best among equals, there can’t be a better example than Divya Khare.

Divya, a 14 year-old student from Delhi Public School, RK Puram, proved her prowess at numbers by securing the second rank at the National Math Olympiad and the Abacus International Mathematical Olympiad 2004-2005. To top that, she was the recipient of the Pogo Amazing Kid — Genius category in Maths at Pogo Kids Awards.

“I saw the posters of the Pogo Amazing Kids Award selection trials at my school. That’s when I really thought of participating in the contest,” she says. The class X student was always in love with mathematics. “I love the numbers game. Maths, for me is the most interesting subject as there is so much to learn always,” she explains.

Not surprisingly, she ended up winning the Abacus International Mathematical Olympiad, organised by NASA, where she competed with students from all parts of the globe. “Initially I was a little nervous when I saw the number of students participating in the contest, but as the rounds began my confidence started growing,” she explains. Besides winning the prestigious Abacus International Mathematical Olympiad award, she has also represented India at the UN Environment Programme 2005.

“It was a children’s summit, where we were to showcase the various aspects of the environment and related problems,” she said. Name: Divya Khare Divyaspeak: The Pogo Amazing Kids Award has provided me with the opportunity to showcase my talent globally.”

Advice: “Put your heart and soul in whatever you are doing only then you would end up as a winner.”

First Published: Aug 11, 2006 11:15 IST