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Indian team tops astronomy Olympiad

Mumbai: India was ranked first, two gold, two silver and one bronze medals, at the second International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) held in Bandung, Indonesia from August 19 to 27.

“India ranked first in the official team rankings and was awarded the best team trophy,” said team leader Mayank Vahia of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Special prize

Delhi student Nitin Jain scored overall highest marks and was awarded a special prize and trophy. The two Indian gold medallists were Akshay Subramaniam from Hyderabad and Nitin Jain from Delhi. The silver medal went to Anant Jain from Delhi and Tushar Shrotriya from Pune. Uttam Bhat from Manipal won the bronze.

Nodal centre

The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) of the TIFR is the nodal centre for training and selecting Indian teams for Olympiads.

A total of 89 students participated from 21 countries. They included Azarbajan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Cambodia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Ukraine.

Overall, 10 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 18 bronze medals were won. — PTI

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