Indian students win 14 medals at Earth Science Olympiad
Indian high school students won 14 medals, including four gold, at the recent International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO), the best performance ever.
The winning Indian team was congratulated by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the funding agency, at a ceremony held in New Delhi on Friday. Mr Ravichandra, Secretary, MoES, interacted with the students on occasion.
The eight-member contingent included Sonit Sisolekar – a class 10 student from Pune – Bhanav Namboodri, Abhijay Singh Khehra, Avishi Agarwal, Arush Chaudhary, Kyishong Bharali Das, Siddhangana Sahoo and Jaagrit Gaur. This year, a total of 38 countries, with eight students each, participated in the 15th IESO competition held virtually in Valle d’Aosta, Italy.
In the International Team Field Investigation category, the group consisting of Sisolekar, Namboodri, Das and Agarwal won the gold medal for their project titled “Carbon Sequestration in Weathered Rocks and its Application in Reducing Global Warming”. The other team consisting of Khehra, Gaur, Sahoo and Chaudhary also won the gold medal.
Sonit Sisolekar is a geology enthusiast and has a great interest in the traps of the Deccan. At IESO, he also won two bronze medals.