STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistani students have won one silver and four bronze medals along with two honourable mentions in various events at the International Science Olympiads 2012, recently held in Singapore, United States, Argentina and Estonia.

According to details, four to six-member teams from each country were selected out of over 6,000 students, requiring a minimum of 70 per cent or higher in their SSC or O-level exams to participate in the contest.

These Pakistani students were facilitated under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Careers Programme (STEM), a joint venture between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) to groom students for future careers in STEM.

These medalists include Usama Tahir from Lahore Grammar School (LGS) Lahore, Hafsa Shahab from LGS Islamabad and Hassan Mirza (honourable mention) from LGS Lahore. The IBO team was led by Dr Zahid Mukhtar.

Out of the five Pakistani participants, one received a bronze medal. The winner was Muhammad Taimoor Iftikhar from Rangers Public School and College, Mandi Bahauddin.

It is worth mentioning here that the students selected and groomed under the programme have also been successful in securing admissions and scholarships for higher education at some of the worlds best universities.

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