On May 18, 2023 the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bangladesh hosted the ceremony of presenting medals and certificates of the 1st International Astronomy Olympiad, which took place in the city of Saransk (Mordovia, Russia) from September 26 to October 2, 2022 in a remote format. The event was organized by the Russian Embassy jointly with the office of “Rossotrudnichestvo” (Russian House) in Dhaka.
Students and schoolchildren from Bangladesh, who participated in the Olympiad, won 1 silver and 5 bronze medals: Hritom Sarker Oyon (Adamjee Cantonment Public School), Imdallulah Raji (Notre Dame College), Anhaf Anna Nafi (Chittagong College), Radh Chowdhury (Dhaka Residential Model College), Fijul Kabir Jishan (Ananda Mohan College) and Faiyaz Siddiqui (DPS STS School).
Ambassador of Russia Alexander Mantytskiy and Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy Ekaterina A. Semenova held the prize-giving ceremony in a solemn atmosphere.
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Md Abdul Momin, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh, noted the role of Russia in the development of a knowledge-based economy in this country and highly appreciated the progress in the implementation of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project in this context.
Maxim E. Dobrokhotov, Director of the Russian House in Dhaka, stressed that such initiatives are important in promoting talented Bangladeshi youth, who can take an advantage in participation in scholarship and grant programs in Russia. According to him, the Russian universities train at a high level the specialists in technical areas, which may be relevant for Bangladesh in the light of its successful socio-economic development.
Fahim Rajit Hossain, Team Leader of the Bangladesh Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Moshurul Amin, Founder and Adviser of Bangladesh Astronomical Association, congratulated the participants of the competition on the successful performance and expressed hope for the further educational exchanges with Russia.
The winners of the Olympiad unanimously noted that they would like to commit their future to scientific activities, represent their Motherland at similar events abroad and also expressed the interest in studying at the Russian universities.
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