With the air filled with joy and enthusiasm dozens of young scientists are bestowed with awards as recognition of their innovative research based projects in the various fields of science and technology.
In an auspicious ceremony organised Saturday on the premises of National Library to mark the closing of nation-wide science competitions with the Intel National Science Olympiad.
Widely attended by youth from all across Pakistan, The National Science Olympiad, which is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), one of the world’s largest pre-college science competitions, showcased nearly 135 science projects submitted by young scientists from all across the nation who qualified for a place in the National Olympiad after rigorous competition at district and provincial levels.
Projects displayed at the National Science Olympiad were assessed by a panel of renowned judges for further selection in the upcoming Intel ISEF 2009 to be held in Reno, Nevada, USA.
According to the results announced on the occasions two individuals and one group declared Grand winners and stood eligible for the upcoming Intel ISEF 2009.
The three grand winners included the names of Salahuddin from Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges, Peshawar, for his project ‘Ocean is precious-separating Petroleum from the Oceans by using coconut substratum’, Malik Usama from Pak-Turk International Schools and colleges, Khairpur, for his project ‘Effect of mixed culture of typha domingenasis and phragmites karka on the efficiency of sub-surface flow constructed wetland (SFCW) for sewage treatment’, while the group Hovercraft including the students M. Naeem Khan, Zaki Hussain and M Qasim from Sir Syed Science College, Tipu Road Rawalpindi.
Talking on the occasion Ministry of Education Additional Secretary Shahid Ahmed said that the government of Pakistan aims to improve quality of education by promoting initiatives in areas of science and technology.
“We also encourage easy access to computers by our youth in collaboration with leading organisations such as Intel Pakistan,” he said while adding that they had whole heartedly supported the Intel International Science and Engineering fair which was a unique opportunity for our students to improve their research and engineering skills while displaying their talent before a global audience.
“Every year students are selected from Pakistan to participate in the Intel ISEF, which is held in the US where hundreds of students from across the globe compete for over USD four million in scholarships,” he said.
Intel Pakistan Education Manager Sharleen Ghauri said that it was heartening to note that each year more schools and students are participating in the Olympaids with increased vigour, to excel in the areas of science and research.
“The Intel ISEF program also involves the large community, by working with leading professors and scientists from universities and the private sector across the country,” she said while adding that these professionals work with students as mentors to guide them during their research projects, and serve as judges at the various fairs that take place through out the country.
The other award winners in the category of individuals included the names of Abdul Hannan Khakwani (Bio), Malik Usama (Bio), Aitazaz Khan (computer science), Zehra Khan (computer science), Nouman Khan (math), Saad Qadeer (math), Mohammad Sohaib(physics), Fizza Aslam (physics), Salahuddin (chemistry) and Ali Ahmed Khan Ghorsi(chemistry).
The award winners in the group category included Rozina Barkat Ali, M. Ali Imtiaz and Khalida Aziz (Biology), Haris Ansari, Alafia Iftikhar and Lubna Essa (Computer Science), Omair Liaquat Ali, Arsalaan Khan and Anas Arif (Math), M. Naeem Khan, Zaki Hussain and M Qasim (physics), Batool Abid Memon, Maheen Zakaria and Saadia Anwer Razvi (Chemistry).
The Special Awards for regional fairs were given to Qandeel Malik in the category of ‘Society for In Vitro Biology Award’, Maryam Salman ‘Yale Science and engineering association’, Muhammad Haseeb Ahmed and S. Emmanuel Hassan ‘Mu Alpha Theta Award’, Misbah Kanwal and Zarmeena Farooque ‘The regional ricoh sustainable development award 2009’, Zainab Latif and Sundas Kiyani ‘Intel Excellence in computer science award 2009’, Faiza Bokhari, Sabahat Afzal and Hijab Malik ‘Special award from scientific review committee’.
The News, 25-Jan-09