Kochi, Jun 10: Two students from Kochi and one from Thiruvananthapuram have won the International Zonal Rank at the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) Olympiad.
Over 50000 schools from 1400 cities across 30 countries participated in the six SOF Olympiad exams during 2018-19 and around 50 lakh students appeared in the Olympiad, a press release said here on Monday.
The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) organized a felicitation function to recognize and award the winners of Olympiad exams held during academic year 2018-19.
At a function held in New Delhi, the top 3 international rank holders from classes I to XII for the 6 Olympiad exams conducted by SOF were awarded. On the occasion Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of India, was the chief guest.
While Rohit Sujan of Class III from Loyola School, won the International Zonal Rank in the International Mathematics Olympiad, the International Zonal Rank 2 was bagged by Ishant Kharb of Class V from Sacred Heart Omi Public School and Priansh Nair of Class IV from Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir.
Addressing the students, Justice Deepak Misra termed courage as the mother of all virtues. "If you have the courage, your mind would work. Failure is a challenge and the Olympiad teaches you to fight such challenges. Every Indian citizen must respect the law. Not being afraid of any kind of challenge should be the first motto in everyone’s life,” he said .
On the occasion, Mr. Michael King, Director Examinations, India, British Council; Mr. Ranjeet Pandey, President, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India; and Mr. V Ramaswamy, Global Head TCS iON; were also present.
Mr Mahabir Singh, the founder & Executive Director of SOF, said that in addition to International winner; about 61000 students from 6300 schools have been awarded for achieving top state level ranks.
In addition, close to 8,00,000 students have been awarded “Medals of Excellence” for achieving top ranks in their respective schools.
As many as 2000 principals and teachers have also been honored for their commitment to academics and single-minded pursuit towards successfully improving the students’ academic knowledge.
He added that, from 2019-20, SOF would be launching the SOF International Commerce Olympiad for students of classes 11 & 12 so as to assist them in preparing and also testing their preparedness prior to board exams.