: The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) will train teachers from Asia-Pacific countries for the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in a bid to create a large pool of experts. These teachers are expected to train students from their respective countries for the IOAA, which comprises tests in astrophysical theory, astronomical data analysis and night sky observation.
The centre is the coordinator for science and astronomy Olympiads in India. As many as 55 students from across the country are now undergoing training here, of which the final five-member team for IOAA 2012 will be selected next month. The orientation-cum-selection camp at HBCSE includes several theoretical and experimental tests. Further, the selected five will undergo a rigorous training programme in theory, data analysis and observational astronomy.
“There is a lot of interest among students from countries in the Asia-Pacific region regarding the IOAA. However, there is a huge dearth of…the International Olympiad, asia pacific region, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Homi Bhabha centre <BR/>