Physics Olympiad programme in India began in
an earnest fashion in 1997. It was an immediate success. The first
participation in Rejyavik, Iceland in July 1998 fetched the participants
one silver , one bronze medal , three honourable mentions, and three
special prizes. The second participation in Padua, Italy in July 1999 fetched
the participants four silver medals and one bronze medal in addition to
one of the five special prizes. The
third participation in Leicester, England in July 2000 fetched the partiicipants
two gold medals, two bronze medals, and one honorurable mention. This shining
record is by far the best for participating nations.
is overseen by a National Steering Committee (NSC) set up by the Board
of Research in Nuclear Science of the Department of Atomic Energy.
The concerned government departments, the Indian Physics Association and
the Indian Association of Physics Teachers are represented in the NSC.
The implementation of the Physics Olympiad programme is carried out by
the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education
, a National Center of the Tata Institute of Fndamental Research, Mumbai
and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).
The National Standard Examination in Physics
by IAPT in November/December identifies about
200 meritorious students across the nation. These
students appear for the Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO)
exams at about a dozen centres in different parts of the the country. Approximately
35 students are selected to receive NSEP-INPhO gold medals and they undergo
a three week long training at the HBCSE, Mumbai in May/June. The top five
students among them are identified to receive merit awards at the end of
the training camp and to represent India in the International Physics Olympiad
(IPhO). The programme
strives to maintain international standards and the selection process is
rigorous in the extreme.
The Road to IPhO-2001
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