Indian teams put up stupendous performance at the 60th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) and 30th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2019, by winning one gold medal, seven silver medals and two honourable mentions.
At the IMO held at Bath in the United Kingdom, Pranjal Srivastava (Bengaluru, Karnataka) won a gold medal, Ritam Nag (Kolkata, West Bengal), Anubhab Ghosal (Kolkata, West Bengal), Bhavya Agrawalla (Indore, Madhya Pradesh) and Ojas Mittal (New Delhi) bagged silver medals. Soumil Aggarwal (New Delhi) received an Honourable mention. India finished 15th at the IMO.
At the IBO-2019 at Szeged, Hungary between July 14 and July 21, 2019, three of the four Indian students bagged Silver medals, while one student received an Honourable Mention.
Those who won silver medals were: Hardik Gupta (Agra, Uttar Pradesh), Arunangshu Bhattacharyya (Surat, Gujarat) and Suryadeep Mandal (Bankura, West Bengal). Akshay Gupta (Vadodara, Gujarat) received an Honourable Mention.
In all, 112 countries participated in the IMO-2019, while 72 countries took part in the IBO.
The IBO competition consists of a theoretical and an experimental examination, each of six hours duration. Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is the nodal centre in the country for all the Science Olympiads (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Astrophysics and Junior Science) as well as the Mathematical Olympiad. The HBCSE is responsible for the selection and training of the teams representing India at the international Olympiads.