Atonu Dey, 9th grade student studies in RAJUK Uttara Model College. He registered his name in Physics Olympiad out of sheer love for this subject.
He did know the type of Olympiad question. He took preparation based on textbook for regional round and qualified for national round securing 17th position. Then he started preparation for national round by studying textbook as well as learning materials from internet. He solved as many physics problem as he could. After one month, he secured 1st place in A category in the final round.
National round of 7th DBBL Bangladesh Physics Olympiad was held on 20-21 January in Dhaka University campus. Prior to that, regional rounds of the contest were held in 12 districts. Regional round held in 3 categories. A category for 7th-8th grade, B category for 9th-10th grade and C category for 11th-12th gave exam. More than 10,000 students participated in those rounds. Of them, a total of 707 students were qualified for national round from all these three categories.
On 20th January, Bangladesh Physics Olympiad was inaugurated in a festive mood. Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present on the occasion as chief guest. Other notable guests were DU VC Dr. A. A. M.S. Arefin Siddque, Editor of Daily Kalerkantho Imdadul Haque Milan, Senior Vice President of Bangladesh Physics Olympiad committee Dr. Muhammed Jafar Iqbal and Physics department chairman of Dhaka University Dr. Abdus Sattar. The programme was presided by Bangladesh Physics Olympiad committee prededent Dr. Khorshed Ahmed Kabir.
A tech fair was held after inauguration with the participation of 11teams from different institutes. Then the Physics Olympiad exam held from 2 PM to 5 PM.
On second day, Question Answer session started from 10 AM. Popular Science writer Dr. Muhammed Jafar Iqbal and Dr. Arshad Momen gave answers to the questions of avid learners.
Then the prize giving ceremony started from 3 PM, where Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was chief guest. Special guests were Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, DBBL chairman Sayem Ahmed, Dr. Muhammed Jafar Iqbal and Dr. Abdus Sattar. Twenty participants were awarded from each category. Thus a total 60 participants won prize.
F A Jahangir Masud, General Secretary of Bangladesh Physics Olympiad informed that of the top qualifying students, five will go to Indonesia for participating in International Physics Olympiad and eight will go to Russia for participating Asian Physics Olympiad.”
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh