Clockwise: Pranjal Srivastava, Anish Kulkarni, Ananya Ranade, Rohan Goyal, Suchir Kaustav.
Russia: Indian students secured five medals (1 gold, 1 silver and three bronze) in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2021, held in Russia.
Bengaluru student Pranjal Srivastava secured the gold medal. He had won gold in 2019 and a silver in 2018. Pranjal is the first Indian student to score two gold medals in IMO.
Anish Kulkarni of Pune won the silver medal. Ananya Ranade, Pune; Rohan Goyal, New Delhi; and Suchir Kaustav, Ghaziabad bagged the bronze medals for the country.
The Olympiad was held online. India secured 26th position in the competition.
“In spite of the difficult situation due to the pandemic, the performance of Team India is commendable,” said the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in a statement. They are the nodal agency of India for the IMO.
The selection of the team for IMO 2021 was carried out through a two-stage procedure.
The first stage consisted of a nationwide examination namely the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) in which over 17352 students appeared. This examination was conducted by the Mathematical Teachers' Association in nearly 175 centres across the country. And the second stage, the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) examination, held for 1266 students, was conducted by HBCSE at 25 centres across the country, says the press release.
The usual practice of four-stage procedure was reduced to two due to the unprecedented situation of Pandemic, HBCSE said.
The Olympiad effort is supported by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of the Government of India.