The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2018) concluded recently in Romania. This oldest and grandest of science competitions was declared open by the President of Romania and organized in a grand style. 600+ participants from around 110 countries participated in this event. US, Russia and China expectedly bagged the top honors.
India posted its best performance in last many years. Three of the six Indian team members bagged Silver medals, two got Bronze medals and one received honorable mention.
Pranjal Srivastava, a 14-year student of 9th standard at National Public School, Koramangala led from the front and scored the highest from the India team. In the process, he earned a Silver Medal. Pranjal earned other accolades too. He is the youngest Indian ever to win a medal at IMO. He was also the youngest gold or silver medal winner across all the countries at IMO 2018.
It must be recalled that Pranjal is the first Indian student to qualify for the IMO before entering 9th standard in school. He was in 8th standard when he appeared for the regional round (RMO 2017) and the national round (INMO 2018). He secured 101 out of 102 in RMO 2017 (topper of Karnataka region) and 63 out of 102 in INMO 2018 (5th rank in India).
The President of Romania, in his opening speech summarized IMO as, “the most important intellectual competitions on the planet” and reminded participants of the chance to make their “countries schools and families very proud”. Well! Pranjal has done just that. We are all indeed proud of him.
Congratulation to Pranjal and best wishes for many more achievements in future.