India top medal tally at world astronomy olympiad
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 00:22
Mumbai: Indian students bagged three Gold and two Bronze medals at the 4th International Olympiad in Astronomy & Astrophysics (IOAA) that concluded in Beijing on Monday.

India was ranked first in medal tally at the IOAA which commenced on September 12, Dr Aniket Sule, Academic coordinator, Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme who led the team, told PTI.

Chirag Modi of Indore, Nitesh Kumar Singh of Mumbai, and Aniruddha Bapat from Pune won Gold medals while Shantanu Agarwal of Patna, and Kottur Satwik of Hyderabad, won Bronze medals, he said.

Nitesh Kumar Singh was also awarded special prize for best performance in the theoretical round.

The team was lead by Sule from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and Pradip Dasgupta, Siddharth College, Mumbai.

Director of HBCSE Prof H C Pradhan accompanied the team as scientific observer.

At the 4th IOAA, a total of 24 teams from 22 countries participated. The participating countries included China, Iran, Korea, Brazil, Greece, Poland, Russia, Romania and Thailand amongst others.

The IOAA competition consisted of tests in astrophysical theory, astronomical data analysis as well as night sky observation, Sule added.


First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 00:22

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