While the whole India is busy today watching Cricket match between India and West Indies and the Soccer World Cup, some few small wizards are gearing up to build the future India and represent it in the map of the World.
Four students have been shortlisted from India for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2006, Mexico. Twenty-seven finalists were selected from 6,300 participants from over 500 schools in the country for a training camp at The International School of Bangalore (TISB). Sasken Communication Technologies will give the four winners a scholarship of Rs 1,000 per month for the coming academic year.
Swarun Kumar (17)
P S Senior Secondary School, Chennai
Kumar was part of the camp last year and is elated to win this year. He wants to join IIT, Chennai and plans to pursue research in computer science. The Harry Potter fan says programming is a hobby.
Prateek Karandikar (17)
Last year’s stand-by, Karandikar has just shifted to the city. “I might join either Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) or Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore,’’ says the math whiz, who’s considering teaching the subject later in life. While not programming or working on C++, he listens to Mozart and Beethoven.
Kshitij Bansal (18)
Bansal is a veteran at IOI — he’s represented India in event in the US in 2003, Greece in 2004 and Poland in 2006. The CMI-hopeful enjoyed his trip to Belur and Halebid. “For two years, academics has been the only priority. But I plan to resume practising origami soon,’’ says Bansal, who’s not decided on his career yet.
Harpreet Singh (17)
Singh is a recent Led Zeppelin fan, but he’s not new to IOI. He represented India at Greece in 2004 and Poland in 2005. “I might join either IIT or CMI and I plan to do research in computer science,’’ says the bookworm, who soaks up on Douglas Adams and the Bourne series. Future plan? To pursue research in computer science.
Deepak Jagdish, of Kozhikode, met with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates after showing him a system that allows blind people to see the world with sound during a demonstration by Imagine Cup finalists at the company’s headquarters on Wednesday, in Redmond, Washington. Gates spent an hour with some of the finalists of the company’s Imagine Cup contest, in which students worldwide use Microsoft products to build a new technology. This year, the contest is focused on healthcare advances. More than 70 teams will vie for a $25,000 top prize at finals later this year in India.
Its time that we people should also join hands with these small school wizards and contribute building a very beautiful and prosperous India. The ATTITUDE, KEENNESS and LOVE can change the life of the whole Indians accross the world.
Courtesy: Times of India