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IChO recognises the bronze medalists of the Int’l Chemistry Olympiad

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Award winners with the mentors of the Sri Lankan team, Dr. Chinthaka Ratnaweera and Dr. Ireshika De Silva and COSL committee members

Students who won bronze medals and an honourable mention at the 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 2021 representing Sri Lanka were recognized recently at an award ceremony organised by the c (COSL) committee of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon (IChemC) at the IChemC headquarters. Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura was the Chief Guest.

Three bronze medalists Nadun Naveendra Rajapaksha (Dharmaraja College, Kandy), Kelambi Arachchige Achira Hansindu (Mahinda College, Galle) and Manujaya Praveen Wijesinghe (Royal College, Colombo), and Dinithi Shalika Madhubhashini (Southlands College, Galle) who won an honorable mention at the IChO 2021 awarded with the medals and certificates received from Japan.

Furthermore, the winners of the National Chemistry Olympiad competition held in May 2021 also received their awards and certificates from the Chief guest at this event.

Prof Srianthie Deraniyagala, the President of the IChemC welcomed the gathering while Dr. Ireshika De Silva, Chairperson of the COSL committee presented a brief introduction to the Chemistry Olympiad competition. The Chief guest, Prof Sudantha Liyanage explained the importance of science education and congratulated the team for the outstanding performance at the IChO 2021.

After the presentation of awards each of the winners addressed the audience and expressed their experiences in representing Sri Lanka in the IChO 2021. They also mentioned that though there is a big gap between the A/L chemistry syllabus and the International Chemistry Olympiad content due to the training they received they were able to make this achievement. They invited youngsters to take part in future Chemistry Olympiads as they can develop their logical and critical thinking skills which will help their future academic career.

This is the second time in history a Sri Lankan team participated in the IChO. The Sri Lankan team won three bronze medals and an honourable mention in the IChO 2020 too. The COSL committee is to select a team for the 54th International Chemistry Olympiad which will be held in China in 2022.

Those who are interested in participating the National Chemistry Olympiad competition 2022 can visit the COSL website through the for more details said Dr Chairperson, Chemistry Olympiad Sri Lanka Ireshika De Silva. Students who are following Chemistry as a subject for the GCE Advanced Level (local or UK) can apply for the preliminary selection examination Application deadline is December 31.

The preliminary selection examination will be held in mid-March in 2022 through an online platform and applicants will be invited earlier to an online Chemistry teaching camp.

Based on the results of the preliminary selection examination the COSL committee will select 30-35 applicants for the final round of the NCO examination. National level gold, silver and bronze medal winners will be recognized and will receive scholarships to follow the BSc Honours degree programme in Chemical Science offered by the College of Chemical Sciences of the IChemC.


Thursday, December 23, 2021 – 01:00

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