The National Science Olympiad can be a platform to assemble the country’s young scientists and find out the especially gifted youths. It also can help opening up the horizons of the young minds and sharpen their skills, knowledges and insights who can help building a knowledge-based society in the country.
The government should take steps to capitalize the potentials of the youths by ensuring the facilities to instil problem solving skills in them in the class rooms, and to use the skills and knowledge in their real lives.
The words were echoed by the experts, students, teachers and participants in the regional rounds of the National Science Olympiad 2015 in Dhaka, Comilla, Faridpur, Barisal and Sylhet yesterday.
Several hundreds students from various schools and colleges took part in the Olympiads at different venues.
In Dhaka, the Olympiad was held at the Notre Dame College with participation of 254 students from 16 schools and colleges in two groups—senior (Class XI and Class XII) and junior (school level), reports our DU correspondent.
Prof ZN Tahmida Begum, supernumerary professor of Botany at Dhaka University, and a fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS), inaugerated the day-long programme.
Mostafiz Shofi, executive editor of the Daily Samakal; Father Hemonto Pius Rozario, principal of Notre Dame College, and Vincent Titas Rozario, moderator of Notre Dame Science Club were also present.
Twenty students, 10 from each group, were selected for the final round of Olympiad, after a two-hour written test on science related topics, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
The final round of the national event is scheduled to be held at Dhaka University on January 23.
From college group, Md Tafhimul Islam, Md Rayhan Rashed, Md Habibur Rahman, Md Kazim Reza Chowdhury, Sheikh Asif Imran, Md Abrar Rahman, Md. Jobair Hossen Jony, Susanto Kumar Saha, Md Atik Shahriar and Md Rakibul Islam will take part in the final round of the Olympiad. Meanwhile, Zahra Ferdous, Tahsin Abid Ahmed, Jawarul Moresalein, Srijon Saha, Tahmid, Md Nafis Tarik, Abir Sarker, Sazid Khan, Tasnim Nishat Islam, Payel Bhowmick got the selection from junior group.
The Dhaka Tribune was the media partner of the event jointly organised by the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and Bangla Daily Shamakal.
In Rajshahi, the divisional science Olympiad was held at Rajshahi University, reports our Rajshahi correspondent.
Some 100 students from about 15 schools and colleges participated in the Olympiad.
The orgaisers said the presence of the students this year was low compared to previous years because of the ongoing indefinite blockade.
Meanwhile, the Olympiad in Faridpur region was held at the Government Rajendra College. More than 150 students from eight educational institutions took part in the event, reports our Faridpur correspondent.
Prof Mahbubur Rahman, principal of the college; and Dr Shibendra Shekhar Sikdar, dean of engineering faculty of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, were also present.
Six students from school group and nine from college group were awarded with certificates and other gifts.
In Sylhet, the Olympiad was held at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, reports our Sylhet correspondent.
Some 170 students took part from different schools and colleges in the Olympiad.
Some 18 students—12 from secondary level and six from higher secondary level—were selected from Sylhet region for the national round.
From school level, Naisat Fahmida Protyasa, Niarat Farhana Purbasa, Irtiza Adib, Boktiar Mahbub Murad, Asraful Islam Shanto, Saksar Choudhury, Ahnaf Khan, Farhan Muhib Nitol, Asfia Rahman, Syed Ridwan Ahmed, Shah Md Istiaque Hossain, and Mahfuza Akter got the selection. Meanwhile, Ranabir Saha, Shamudra Dey,Swomittro Bhattacharjee and Minhazul Islam Ornab Bishal Das, Swarha Choudhury were selected from college level.
In Barisal, Prof Md Shamsuddin, vice-chancellor of Patuakhali Science and Technology University, inaugurated the event around 9am, reports our Barisal correspondent.
Some 139 students from different schools and 141 students from different colleges of different upazilas of the division participated in the competition.
Fifteen students from school level and 15 from college leve were selected for the national round of the competition.
From school group Oliuzzaman Oli, Rupa Das Polin, Joy Das, Pitam Das and Mehedi Hasan Anik of Srijani Bidya got the selection. Meanwhile, Abu Saleh, Imran Hossain, Selina Aktar Santa, Solaiman Hossain and Showkat Imam Soikat were selected from college group.
In Comilla, the Olympiad for Comilla region was held at Comilla Victoria Government College, reports our Comilla correspondent.
The College’s Acting Principal Prof M Abdur Rashid inaugurated the event around 9am.