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Two Pune students to represent India in maths Olympiad

Will be part of a six-member team that will take part in the international competition in South Africa

For the second consecutive year, two city students will be part of the six-member team that will represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) scheduled to be held at Cape Town in South Africa from July 3-13, 2014. 

Making the city proud: Aneesh Sevekari and Chaitanya Tappu will participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad in July. Pic/ Mohan Patil

Anish Sevekari of Abasaheb Garware College and Chaitanya Tappu of Modern College, both in Std XII, will be trying their best to grab medals at this year’s competition, which will see students from more than 85 countries testing their mettle. Soumik Ghosh, Sagnik Saha and Supravat Sarkar — all from West Bengal — and Jeet Mohapatra of Odisha are the other students in the team.

Both Anish and Chaitanya have been associated with the Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana in the city to sharpen their mathematical skills by practicing complex problems.

Kiran Barve, associated with the Central Water and Power Research Centre and V M Sholapurkar, professor of S P College, are also associated with the Bhaskaracharya Pratishthan and will officially accompany the Indian team. B J Venkatachala of IISC Bangalore will be the team leader.

Barve will be the deputy leader, while Prithwijit De of HBCSE, Mumbai, and Sholapurkar will work as observers during the competition.

“I have loved mathematics since I was in school. I like complex mathematical problems and the process of finding solutions through abstract thinking gives me immense pleasure. After my HSC, I plan to join IISC Bangalore and pursue Bachelor of Science (BS), which can give me exposure not only to mathematics but also to other pure science subjects,” Chaitanya said.

Intense process
“In the first stage, 30 students from each of the 25 regions in the country get selected through the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO). All the selected students then compete in the national Olympiad, from which we pick 30 students, who then participate in an extensive training workshop at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai. We zero in on the final team of six students based on their performance in the training,” said Sholapurkar. India has been participating in the IMO since 1989.

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