In one of the best performances by an Indian team, each of the five participants who represented India at the 49th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) held in Lisbon, Portugal last week, successfully bagged gold medals. India has been participating in the event since 1998, and it is the first time in 21 years that all the team members won gold.
India and China were the two countries among 86 others which topped the medals tally after the completion of the week-long event.
Who represented India?
The five students who represented the country at IPhO were Bhaskar Gupta from Mumbai, Lay Jain from Kota, Nishant Abhangi of Rajkot, Pawan Goyal from Jaipur and Siddharth Tiwary from Kolkata. A total of 396 students participated in the competition from all over the world, out of which, 42 won gold after the two-stage competition.
According to The Times Of India, Jain and Goyal were among the top 10 rankers in JEE (Advanced) in 2018 while Gupta and Tiwary also scored good ranks. Three out of the five-member team are going to study at IIT Bombay while Jain is going to MIT in the USA to study computer science and physics. The youngest of all, Nishant is a class XII student who is preparing for JEE.
The five students were picked through a rigorous screening process by Homi Bhabha Centre, which selects and trains the team for International Olympiads. The students are set to be felicitated by the Centre on July 30, reported the Times Of India.
According to a statement from Praveen Pathak, scientific officer at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), the national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), team India performed well this year. However, in the past, India had managed to win four golds, and one silver added Pathak.
The IPhO Competition
The competition is a combination of theoretical and experimental examination, each of which is five-hours long. This year the theoretical questions were based on LIGO detection of gravitational waves, the ATLAS instrument at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). According to The Indian Express, students were also asked to explain the physics of blood flow in growing tissues.
The Logical Indian take
It isn’t easy to compete at a global stage like that of the IPhO, but these young students created history by winning gold. This feat not only set global examples but also showcased the efforts put in by the students. The Logical Indian applauds their efforts.