Mumbai: India secured the third rank jointly with Singapore in the medal tally at the 15th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) held in Kutaisi, Georgia, from August 14 to 21, 2022. Indian students won three gold and two silver medals, behind Iran’s official team (5 golds) and guest team (4 golds, 1 silver).
In all, 28 gold, 38 silver and 55 bronze medals were awarded at this IOAA. Raghav Goyal won a special prize for the best solution to the most challenging theoretical question.
The Indian team was accompanied by two leaders: Prof. Sarita Vig (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram), Prof. Ajit Mohan Srivastava (Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar), and two Scientific Observers: Dr Shriharsh Tendulkar (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai) and Mr Tejas Shah (Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Junior College, Navi Mumbai).
Dr Tendulkar was himself a gold medallist at the International Astronomy Olympiad in 2002 and 2003 (overall topper in the latter), the Department of Atomic Energy, informed.
Details of the Individual performance are given below:
There were 209 students from 37 main and 6 guest teams participating in this year’s IOAA. In addition, 24 students from 6 countries participated in the online mode. This year’s competition was originally scheduled to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine; it was shifted to Kutaisi, Georgia in March 2022 due to the war in Ukraine.
– global bihari bureau