TOP HONOURS: Prafulla Dhariwal and Mrudul Thatte, The Indian Mathematics Olympiad team, which included two students from the city, won two gold and three silver medals at the 53rd International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) held in Argentina last week. India has now jumped to the 11th spot in world rankings. The students were trained for the contest at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. This is Indias best performance since 1998, when the team won three gold medals, M.D. Mastakar, public relations officer, HBCSE, said. City students Prafulla Dhariwal and Mrudul Thatte won a gold medal and a silver medal respectively at the competition. Both are standard XII students.
Debdyuti Banerjee from West Bengal, too, won a gold medal, while Rijul Saini and Akashdeep Dey, both from Delhi, won silver medals. The results were based on two exams, which were held on 10th July and 11th July. Prafulla is studying at the Late P.B Jog junior college, while Mrudul is a student of Mahilashram high school and junior college. The Indian team is expected to return from Argentina on Wednesday. Prufullas mother, Alka, said, Prafulla had received an honourable mention last year at the IMO, which was held in The Netherlands.
This year, he improved his performance by winning a gold medal. It’s a great achievement. Earlier in 2009, Prafulla had won a gold medal at the International Astronomy Olympiad. Mruduls mother, Neelima, said, Mrudul is following in her sisters foot steps, who won a gold medal at the IMO a few years back. Mrudul had participated in the IMO last year also and had won a bronze medal. This year, 548 students from across 100 countries participated in the Olympiad. The Indian team was led by B J Venkatachala from the Mathematics Olympiad cell of HBCSE. S S Sane from the department of mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, accompanied the team as an observer.
Abou the Event:
Two examinations in mathematics are held. Each exam is of four-and-a-half-hour duration. The two papers have three questions each. Contestants are asked to work independently and submit solutions in their own languages. Only writing and drawing instruments, like rulers and compasses, are allowed for the examinations. The syllabus includes pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, systems of linear equations, permutations and combinations, etc. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. The major areas from where questions are asked include number theory, geometry, algebra and combinatorics. The syllabus is spread over class IX to class XII levels, but the problems under each topic are of exceptionally high level in terms of difficulty and sophistication.
Courtesy: Times of India