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Arindham Bhattacharya won gold at the International Astronomy Olympiad

Arindham Bhattacharya
Arindham Bhattacharya

This young Bangalorean is on cloud nine. Arindham Bhattacharya, a Class 10 student of AECS Magnolia Maaruti Public School here, won the gold medal at the 17th International Astronomy Olympiad held at South Korea recently.

Arindham was a part of a three-member team that included Sheshanth Agarwal of Jaipur and Kumar Ayush of Jodhpur, who won a silver medal each.

The International Astronomy Olympiad is a scientific event for students aged between 14 and 18. The problems aim to develop imagination, creativity and independent thinking.

As many as 22 countries participated in this year’s Olympiad.

Speaking to The Hindu , the gold medallist said, “I feel great. I am grateful to my parents for the support. Representing India on an international platform is a huge responsibility but my parents never burdened me with too many expectations.”

Detailing his preparations for the event, Arindham said: “Books on astronomy cannot be found easily, but my parents searched and got me some rare books.”

Training

Arindham first cleared the Indian National Olympiad and he, along with his two teammates, were trained at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

The fact that he won a medal in astronomy may give rise to assumptions that the subject was Arindham’s favourite, but that was not the case. “I never used to pay much attention to astronomy. Now, I love the subject after studying it for about a year,” he said. He plans to pursue the subject and a career in it as well.

However, he lamented that very little encouragement was given to Olympiad participants in India.

“The participants represent our country and they should be encouraged. Then only, others will feel like participating.”


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