MANGALURU: Five students from Mangaluru have qualified for the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). They are Ajay K P, Anvith M, Prathyush Prasanth Poduval, Shreesha G Bhat, and Aditya Prakash, all students of Centre for Advanced Learning (CFAL).
According to CFAL, no student from Karnataka so far has represented India in the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). To achieve this dream, the institute started Ramanujan Contest, where students from Dakshina Kannada district take Olympiad level exams on last Sunday of every month. They also give books worth up to Rs 1 lakh to the toppers in these exams to promote their mathematical skills. Students who write these exam are able to reach National Mathematics Talent Contests (NMTC ) and the National Olympiads.
The Mathematical Olympiad is a talent search programme for pre-university students. Through this programme a nationwide search is made every year to spot talented students in mathematics. INMO is the only programme which leads to participation of Indian students at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) which was started way back in 1959 and is held in different countries every year. India hosted the event in 1996. There are more than 100 participating countries. However only a small percentage of students/parents are aware about these exams, and those who know about assume it is too hard, and do not attempt it.
Karnataka Regional Mathematics Olympiad – KRMO 2016 was held on October 16 and a total of 1,200 students had appeared. Of the 35 students selected from Karnataka, five are from Mangaluru. The selected students will attend a training camp at Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru in January 2017 and are eligible to appear for the second stage of the examination to be held on January 15, 2017.
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