Islamabad – Five Pakistani students won four bronze and one silver medal alongside two honorable mentions in several events at the International Science Olympiads 2012 on 5th August; which was held in Singapore, United States, Argentina and Estonia.
Out of more than 6,000 students from each country, four to sex member teams were elected – requiring at the least 70 percent or higher in their SSC/O-level exams to partake in the contest.
These Pakistani students were categorized under Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Careers Programme (STEM), a collaborated venture between the HEC and the Pakistan institute of engineering and Applied Sciences to further brush up students for future careers in STEM.
From July 8 to July 15, the 23rd International Biology Olympiad was hosted by Singapore.
Approximately, 236 students from 59 countries took part in the event and out of the three Pakistani participants, two won bronze medals and one received an honorable mention.
The medalists include Hafsa Shahab from LGS Islamabad, Hassan Mirza (honorable mention) from LGS and Usama Tahir too from Lahore Grammar School (LGS); Dr. Zahid Mukhtar led the IBO team.
The 43rd IPhO (International Physics Olympiad) was hosted by Estonia from July 15 to 24th. About a total of 400 students from 88 countries took part. Out of the five Pakistani participants, one received a bronze medal.
The winner was Muhammad Taimoor Iftikhar from Rangers Public School and College, Mandi Bahauddin. The IPhO team was led by Dr Shahid Qamar and Dr Aftab Rafiq of PIEAS, Islamabad.
The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) was hosted by the United States, from July 21 to July 30th.
About 270 students from 70 countries took part in the event. One Pakistani student, Armughan Ahmad Khan from LGS Lahore, received a bronze medal.
The IChO team was led by Prof Dr Khalid M. Khan and Dr Muhammad Raza Shah of the Husein Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute (HEJ), Karachi.
The 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was hosted by Argentina from July 8 to 16th. About 600 students from 100 countries took part.
Huma Sibghat from Hamza Army Public School and College, Rawalpindi won an honorable mention and Waqar Ali Syed of Beacon House School Karachi won a silver medal. The IMO team was led by Prof Dr Barbu Berceanu and Dr Ahmed Mahmood Qureshi from Government College University Lahore.
It too is noteworthy that the students elected and groomed under the program have been quite prosperous in securing admissions and scholarships for higher education at some of the world’s best universities including Yale, Cornell, Caltech, McGill, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, University of Toronto and the University of Oxford.