Intel Fair winners to represent Pakistan at ISEF in Pittsburgh

STAFF REPORT ISB: Keeping its years long tradition of holding science competition among the shining students of various educational institutions across the country, this year too, the Intel Pakistan has recently concluded its National Science Competition by gathering a large number of student participants in different categories.

The event was held at the Sir Syed Memorial Complex here. On the occasion, the company announced the winners of the science competition.

Qaiser Majeed Malik, Additional Secretary CAandDD, graced the event as chief guest.

According to the panel of jurists, selected carefully keeping in view their professional rankings, all the participants hailing from classified educational institutions of the country were competent enough in their assignments and worked hard in making their projects.

According to the final results, the iIndividual projects winners were Habab Idress from Dewan Dayaram Jethmal Sindh Government Science college Karachi, Shadad Rasool, Buriro Pak Turk International Schools and Colleges Kahairpur and Muhammad Ahsan Nawaz, Government Higher Secondary School, Vehari.

The group projects winners were; Amir Hussain Khan, Ali Ahmed Karim, Kiran Karim, Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi. Aurangzeb Ahmed, Tohami Bin Shafiq, Syed Ali Ahsen Muhammad Jafry Beaconhouse School System, Lahore.

The winners of this contest will represent Pakistan at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2015, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in May this year.

The Intel National Science Fair 2014-15 was held in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology, supported by Habib Bank Limited and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

More than 94 science projects were submitted by 197 young scientists from all the provinces after rigorous competition at district and provincial level. Winners of the National Science Fair have qualified to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair, showcasing their talent on an international platform for over $5 million in prizes and scholarships.

The huge number of students who have qualified for the National Science Fair and the ones who further secured a position in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were a proof that Pakistan has incredible talent.

“One of the core outcomes of education is to produce productive citizens and role models for tomorrow, which we can achieve only by enabling students in becoming acquainted with and excelling in technology,” said Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj, while addressing on the occasion.

He also said that it is a point of prestige that the Pakistani students have got international recognition and gained valuable exposure through this platform, while at the same time they are showing the real potential for Pakistan around the world.

“I would like to thank all students who have participated in the Science Fairs at all the qualifying levels, and wish the winning teams the best of luck in Pittsburgh,” he said.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world and is owned and administered by the Society for Science and the Public, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Each May, more than 1500 students from roughly 70 countries and territories arrive to compete in the fair for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prizes, including one $75,000 and two $50,000 college scholarships. All prizes together amount to over $4,000,000. Two awards ceremonies are held including: Special Awards Organization Presentation, which now includes the Government Awards Presentations, and the Grand Awards Ceremony. The International Science and Engineering Fair was founded in 1950 by Science Service (now the Society for Science and the Public) and has been sponsored by the Intel Corporation since 1997.

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