Close on the heels of a city boy participating in the International Physics Olympiad, two city boys are amongst the team that will represent India at the International Mathematics Olympiad. The event is being held in Vietnam.
Manas Joglekar and Prashant Sohani are two city students who have been selected to represent the country at the International Mathematics Olympiad to be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi next month.
They are among the six youngsters who will jet off to Vietnam for the contest which is being held from July 19 to July 31.
The duo was selected during an orientation-cum-selection camp at the Homi Babha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on Thursday.
Interestingly, this will be 18year-old Joglekar’s second Olympiad. He and his team had won the bronze medal last year. “I will try my best to bring home a gold medal. I am looking forward to it as the competition will test my mettle,” he said. The young achiever also came 21 in the AllIndia IIT-JEE and plans to study computer science.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Sohani got second time lucky. “I have been preparing for the Olympiad for four years. I couldn’t make it in my first attempt, but this time I got selected,” he explained. Sohani is also one of the youngest competitors this year. [link]
These two are not related in any way you might say. But wait.
A city resident found out the hard way that they are. Rupali Khanna wanted to get her 3 year old child admission to a school of her choice. When she went to get admission forms…
After all, her kid was bright, loved playschool and they even stayed bang opposite the prospective school. What could be easier than this? Only later did Khanna realise that she was not only too optimistic but also foolish. “My first experience was scary. I approached the school to get an application form, but to my surprise the school officials turned down my application, stating that I don’t own a flat constructed by the school’s owner,” she recalled. “There are very few ICSE board schools near my home and my son is not old enough to travel far to attend school. I didn’t know that the criteria for getting admission is to own a flat as suggested by the school authorities.”[link]
It has been no secret that education today is more a business than something noble. And sadly this just drives the point home.
I would say to Rupali, that its better her kid does not go to this school. If this is their attitude, forewarned is forearmed. !!
IIT Bombay has come up trumps as the most sought after IIT in the country. This has been achieved by displacing classic favorites Kanpur and Kharagpur.
Today, almost 50 per cent of the top 100 prefer IIT-Bombay to any of the six campuses. Several IITians TOI spoke to said that coaching classes like those in Kota swear by IIT-B. “Our teachers (at Kota) would tell us, if you get into IIT-B, destination next will be no less than heaven,” said one student. [link]
Personally I would have always thought that IIT Bombay or Delhi would be the most sought after because of their location in large urban metropolis.
Kudos IIT-Bombay. You all rock !!