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Mustafa Hashmi bags silver at International Biology Olympiad 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010 03:32:54 PM, Agencies

Keep it up: Syed Mustafa Hashmi with the silver medal he won at the 21st International Biology Olympiad held in Korea.
(Photo: Nagara Gopal/The Hindu )

Hyderabad: Success is nothing new for Syed Mustafa Hashmi. But the recent one has brought the Hyderabad boy more fame than ever. Hashmi won a silver medal at the 21st International Biology Olympiad held in Changwon, Korea from July 11 to 15.

Hashmi, who was among the four member team from India, won a silver medal in the international Olympiad, making his parents, relatives and teachers proud. In all, the Indian team won one gold and three silver medals.


'Memorable Moments'

The phone has not stopped ringing ever since at his residence in Masab Tank and the bright young boy cannot hold back his grin.

“There were over 240 students from different countries participating in the five day event. It was a wonderful experience interacting and competing with them. The Olympiad had theory and practical. Though the theory part was easy, it was the practical which was difficult yet we pulled through,” says an exuberant Hashmi.

“But, I feel that Indian students are good at theory and lag behind in practicals. We were given a task to analyse DNA finger-printing. Though we completed it somehow, we saw other students were pretty comfortable,” The Hindu quoted Mustafa as saying.

'Proud parents'

Hashmi’s parents – S Khalid Hashmi and Asima Hashmi – are proud of their son who has bagged several awards in various academic competitions. Hashmi was one of the top ten in the Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test 2010 in the medicine stream. However, he is reportedly waiting to get admissions in his hometown in the Osmania University.


“We are really proud and happy for him. He has been an outstanding student through out and is an inspiration to his siblings. Though he has got through most of the entrance exams, he still wants to study in Hyderabad and is keen on pursuing MBBS from Osmania Medical College,” says S. Khalid Hashmi.


The Indian team won one gold (Sahal Kaushik) and three silver medals (Hashmi, Apurva Singh Yadav and Preet Hathi).


The team was selected from around 10, 000 participants via a three-tier process in the national level. In the first stage, over 8000 students wrote a nation-wide exam in Biology.


Students for the Olympiad were selected after the second and third stages which consisted of a series of difficult selection tests both theoretical and practical, conducted at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

More than 240 pre-university students from around 60 countries competed with each other in theory and practical competitions in the Olympiad. The International Biology Olympiad is conducted annually in different member countries of the IBO. The 19th Olympiad was held in Mumbai in 2008.



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