India topped the 19th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), 2022, which was held in Bogota, Colombia, from December 2 to December 12. Each member of the contingent won one gold medal. India has had an all-gold performance at the IJSO for the third consecutive year and for the fourth consecutive year overall.
The IJSO awarded 20 gold medals, 42 silver medals, and 59 bronze medals. The award for the Best Team was presented to India, which was the only country to win six gold medals. Also, three members of the Indian contingent shared a bronze medal in the Experimental category.
In addition to Aritra Malhotra, Rajdeep Mishra from Jamnagar, Devesh Bhaiya from Jalgaon, Vasu Vijay from Kota, Banibrata Majee from Hyderabad, and Avaneesh Bansal from Dehradun, the team also included Devesh Bhaiya from Jalgaon.
Three leaders accompanied the team – Prof (retd) Chitra Joshi from R Ruia Jr College, Mumbai, Dr Subhojit Sen from UM-DAE CEBS in Mumbai, Dr Vishal Dev Ashok from SIES, College of Science and Arts in Mumbai, and one scientific observer, JP Gadre from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.
There were 203 students from 35 countries participating in this year’s IJSO. The competition was originally scheduled for Kyiv, Ukraine, but it was moved to Bogota, Colombia, due to the conflict there.