five young science enthusiasts have been selected on from India for the 39th International Physics Olympiad(IPhO) to be held at Hanoi Vietnam from July 20-29Garvit Juniwal (Jaipur), Kunal Yogen Shah (Mumbai), Nishant Totla (Aurangabad), Saurabh Goyal (Kota) and Shitikant (Bihar) will represent India at the Olympiad. They will compete with 400 other participants from 80 countries. Preparations for the IPhO began in November last year with 36,000 students participating in the first level exam conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in collaboration with the HBCSE for implementing the IPhO programme. As many as 318 students were selected for the second stage. Out of these, 36 students were selected for the training camp orientation and selection camp— held at HBCSE from May 2 to 13.Usually. top 10 per cent of the participants at International Olympiads win gold medals.Last year, India won two.In Physics Olympiad usually China is ahead of all countries followed by Iran, Singh said adding India which has been participating since 1998 had always won medal with few gold and recognition.The students will be accompanied by two leaders, Vishwajeet Kulkarni of Parvati Chowgule College , Goa, Pramer Singh, Jagdam College, J P University, Chapra and one Scientific Observer Charudatt Kadolkar of IIT, Guwahati.IPHO is a unique event designed to discover, encourage and challenge exceptionally gifted young students from across the world.
Last year, India won two