A student and a lecturer of Brac University have won Silver and Bronze awards respectively at the Bangladesh round of the 7th Iranian Geometry Olympiad (IGO). The awardees are Raiyan Jamil, a first semester student and Sir Abed Scholar of Brac University, and Mirza MD Tanjim Shorif Mugdho, a lecturer of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Brac University. They secured the awards in a Free Level (undergraduate and postgraduate) category. The event was held at Brac University on October 30, 2020 maintaining stringent health safety procedures.
There were another three categories, namely Elementary (class 7-8), Intermediate (class 9-10) and Advanced (Class 11-12). In total, there were 112 contestants. From the Beginner Level, Md Azmayeen Hasan Shochchho from Mymensingh Zilla School and Nayer Sharar from St Joseph Higher Secondary School secured Bronze. In the Intermediate Level, Nujhat Ahmed Disha from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, SMA Nahian from Shamsul Haque Khan School and College, Amlan Dey Avik from Mymensingh Zilla School and Aritra Dash from Bogra Zilla School won Silver awards. In the Advanced Level, Tahmid Hameem Chowdhury from Notre Dame College, Tahjib Hossain Khan from Govt Anandamohan College and Dewan Saadman Hasan from St Joseph Higher Secondary School attained Bronze awards.
With social distancing in place, the event was coordinated by a team of volunteers from Brac University Computer Club, faculty members of the School of Data and Sciences of Brac University and representatives of Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad. Though the focus was geometry, contestants were encouraged to apply creative methods to solve the problems. As per the IGO regulations, five geometric problems had to be solved by contestants under the four categories. Each question carried eight points. After evaluations carried out by local examiners, copies of the top scorers were sent to Iran for the final evaluation and then the results were published. The winners were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Against the backdrop of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the Olympiad was held online in some countries. Its other components were the same as in previous years.
Starting off in Iran in 2014, the IGO aims to pay more attention to geometry and promote geometric and logical thinking. The annual academic competition for high school students spread to the international level in 2015, whereby it is simultaneously held in different countries around the world. Bangladesh started taking part since 2016.