Kushagra Juneja, an young Science enthusiast from Delhi and a student of engineering entrance training institute, FIITJEE has made India proud by winning the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in Mendoza, Argentina this month. The IJSO, held between December 2-11,2014 has declared Kushagra Juneja as the World Topper among all the participants represented in IJSO 2014. He won a Gold Medal on the basis of the Individual Performance and Silver Medal in the Experimental Exam.
Kushagra, a student of Four Year Classroom Program at FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh centre, is currently studying in class X and his achievement has made FIITJEE proud. The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a competition among brightest students of various countries across the world in the Natural Sciences, a statement issued by FIITJEE said.
Other FIITJEE students who bagged Gold Medals are Irin Ghosh from Durgapur (WB), who also has been declared as Runner Up (2nd World Topper) followed by G. Pradeep from Chennai and finally Debaditya Pramanik from Kolkata. Kushagra was among the top six students from India who were selected through a multi staged competition and filter process to represent the country at the international stage. There were 32 countries across the globe participated and total 19 gold medals were given based on overall performances out of which India won 6 Gold medals. And out of 6 Gold Medals FIITJEE students have grabbed 4 Gold Medals.
In India, The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is conducted in total four stages. The first stage is National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) which is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) for HBCSE. Indian students who are 14 years of age as on January 1 of the competitive year (Stage-I) and in addition in class X or lower are eligible to appear in the exam. If they qualify in NSEJS, they are eligible for subsequent stages leading to their participation in International Junior Science Olympiad. Every year, around 300 students qualify in NSEJS for the selection to appear in Stage-II of exam i.e. Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO). On the basis of performance in INJSO, top 35 students of India are selected for Stage-III i.e. Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science. And through 2-3 weeks session of Camp organized by HBCSE, top six students of the country are selected and trained through stage-IV [Pre-Departure Training (PDT)] to represent India in final stage of Junior Science Olympiad i.e. International Junior Science Olympiad where extraordinarily brilliant students are coming from various countries. Kushagra from FIITJEE was selected to represent India in the international level and became the World Topper in the final stage.
RL Trikha, Director, FIITJEE said: “International Junior Science Olympiad is one of the most prestigious competitions at this level, and the world’s best young minds compete in it. It is a matter of extreme pride for FIITJEE that we were able to nurture a talent that has made India proud at the global stage.”