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Mathematics Wizard Makes it to Third Level for the Olympiad in Rio

Aditya Prakash, a student of Centre for Advanced Learning (CFAL) in Mangaluru, has been selected from Karnataka to the coveted third stage of the Mathematics International Olympiad – 2017. He is one among 38 students selected from the country.

Aditya is the son of Prathima and Om Prakash Barnval. He will attend a four-week orientation-cum-selection camp (OCSC) at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and Research in Mumbai from where the international team gets selected. Based on their aggregate scores in OCSC, six students will represent India at the International Science Olympiads.

Speaking to reporters in Mangaluru, Aditya Prakash said the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the largest, oldest and most prestigious mathematics Olympiad for students. While many private entities conduct different Olympiads, CFAL claims this Olympiad is recognised by the government, as well as is internationally recognised. The international Olympiads in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, astronomy and junior science are held in June/ July every year.

The country hosting the IMO for different subjects varies from year to year. The 58th International Mathematics Olympiad – 2017 will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

At CFAL, where Aditya studies, the focus of learning is not on marks, but in developing passion and excellence in STEM subjects, according to him. Sumith and Sunil Simha, students of CFAL, represented India in the third stage of the event during 2014 and 2013 in physics and chemistry, and astronomy respectively.

IMO dates back to 1959 when the first edition was held in Romania with seven countries – Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and USSR – participating. Since then, the event has been held every year (except 1980) in a different country. Currently, over 100 countries from five continents participate.

Each country can send a team of up to six secondary students or individuals who have not entered university or the equivalent, as of the date of celebration of the Olympiad, plus one team leader, one deputy leader, and observers if desired.

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and Research is the nodal centre of the country for Olympiad programmes.

Media Report : bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com

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