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Dhaka Tribune

1st round of Bangladesh Mathematics Olympiad ends

Update : 15 Feb 2014, 07:06 PM

Out of the 1,055 students coming from 22 districts, around 70 emerged from the 12th Bangladesh Mathematics Olympiad yesterday to make their way to participate in the 55th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).

The result was announced at capital’s Saint Joseph School.

From the selected, around 30 will be part of camp to be held in seven divisions across the country from March 12.

For SSC candidates, a separate camp will start from March 28.

Based on performance, 12 participants will finally be selected for an extension campaign to be held in May from which around five best candidates will be selected to contest in the IMO to be held from July 3-12 in South Africa.

“It is a thrill to come first, I cannot express my feelings in words,” said Nur Mohammad Safiullah, a student of Dhaka College who secured the first position and achieved the “Champions of the Champions” award by obtaining the highest mark (81 out of 100) under the higher secondary category.

“The competition was tough, so one must take the preparations for 4-5 months to get selected,” he added.

Winners were awarded in four categories- primary, junior, secondary and higher secondary-with certificates, medals and crests for grabbing positions of first, first runner–up, second runners-up and champion of the champions.

Samiul Bashar, a student of Scholars School and College, said: “I love math. Losing the competition will not stop me from practicing math. I have learnt a lot of things which will help me in future.”

Some of the winners were awarded prize bonds of Tk8,000-Tk12,000 under memorial awards including Jamal Nazrul Islam memorial prize, Lutfur Rahman memorial prize, and Sojol-Kajol memorial prize.

Under the Rubik’s Cube competition, three students received crests for solving questions within shortest time.

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