Mangaluru, Mar 6, 2017: It is reported that a Mangaluru based student has been selected to the prestigious third stage of the International Mathematics Olympiads program. Aditya Prakash, a student at Centre for Advanced Learning (CFAL) in Mangaluru is the only student selected from Karnataka and is one among the only 38 students selected from the country.
Aditya, son of Prathima and Om Prakash Barnval and is the only candidate selected from Karnataka for the event. He is eligible to attend a four-week orientation cum selection camp (OCSC) in the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and Research in Mumbai from where the international team gets selected. Based on aggregate scores in OCSC, 6 students will represent India at the international Olympiads.
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the largest, oldest and most prestigious mathematics Olympiad for students. While many private entities conduct different Olympiads, there is only one Olympiad that is recognized by the government and which is internationally recognized (like the Olympics for sport).
The International Olympiads in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Astronomy and Junior Science is an annual event, which is held in June/ July months every year. The country hosting the IMO for different subjects varies from year to year. This year, the 58th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO 2017) will be held in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.
The history of IMO dates back to 1959, when the first edition was held in Romania with seven countries participating: Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and USSR. Since then, the event has been held every year (except 1980) in a different country. Currently, more than 100 countries from 5 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.