ISLAMABAD: Representing Pakistan in various International Science Olympiads in Vietnam,
Georgia, Hong Kong and Switzerland, Pakistani students have won four Bronze Medals and one
Honourable Mention for the country.
Different teams of students selected under STEM Careers Programme took part in 27th
International Biology Olympiad, 48th International Chemistry Olympiad, 57th International
Mathematics Olympiad and 47th International Physics Olympiad, said a news release. These
annual Olympiads provide pre-university science students from around the world an opportunity
to compete in solving challenging theoretical and experimental science problems.
The 27th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) was hosted by Hanoi, Vietnam. Of four
students who participated from Pakistan in the event including Muhammad Alamgir Khan from
Cadet College Hassan Abdal, Bakhtawar Ahmad from Hamza Army Public School andamp; College,
Rawalpindi and Saffa Fatima from Lahore Grammar School won Bronze Medals.
IBO team was led by Dr Muhammad Saeed and Dr Asma Imran of NIBGE Faisalabad. The 47th
International Physics Olympiad was held in Zurich, Switzerland. The team leader was Dr Shahid
Qamar and deputy team leader was Dr Amanur Rehman of PIEAS. Maimoon Siddiqui from
Karachi Grammar School won an Honorable Mention among five Pakistani students.
The 48th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) was held in Georgia. In IChO, Muhammad
Ismail from FFC Grammar School, Mirpur Mathelo, Sindh won bronze medal for Pakistan. The
57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was hosted by Hong Kong. Six students
participated from Pakistan in the event. IMO team was led by Dr Sarfraz Ahmed and Dr Hani
Shakir of COMSATS Lahore.
Most of the Pakistani students invariably get scholarship for their higher studies in leading
universities of the world. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Institute of
Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) are the joint organisers of STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Careers Programme for talented youth having
careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The dedication and hard work of teams leaders from home institutes including National Institute
of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) Faisalabad, HEJ Research Institute Karachi,
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Lahore and PIEAS Islamabad and members of
STEM Careers Programme at HEC in selecting and preparing these talented students and
providing logistic support played a key role in this achievement.