Turkish Hope, Sunbeams win Biochemistry Olympiad | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 09, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 09, 2010

Turkish Hope, Sunbeams win Biochemistry Olympiad

Participants of the 1st Biochemistry Olympiad pose for photograph with the guests at the inaugural ceremony on the Dhaka University campus yesterday. PHOTO: STAR Photo: STAR

International Turkish Hope School and Sunbeams took home the awards for the best school and the best college of the first Biochemistry Olympiad held on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.
A total of 230 students from the capital's 30 schools and colleges participated in the olympiad on Curzon Hall premises.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, DU organised the olympiad.
In the HSC / A Level category, Shayet Hossain Ehsan of HURDCO International School became champion with 92 points on 100 while Sayed Hafizul Gafur of Oxford International School and Shabab Shahriar Khan of Mastermind English Medium School became first runners up jointly. Safwanul Haque of Scholastica was second runner up in the category.
In the SSC / O Level category, Labiba Mustabina of HURDCO International School became champion with 87 points on 100 while Subrina Fahreen Eusa of International Turkish Hope School and Shahruk Hossain of Bangladesh International School became first and second runners up respectively.
The organisers said that the main objective of the function was to encourage students to study biochemistry in future and conduct researches in the field.
Prof MA Bashar, dean of the faculty of Biological Sciences at DU, inaugurated the programme lighting the Olympiad Torch.
Following the hour-long test, the participants visited the department's laboratories and other sections.
A poster and video presentation on biochemistry and molecular biology was also presented before the participants.
Speaking at the inaugural session, department Chairman Prof Mamun Rashid Chowdhury said this biochemistry olympiad is the first of its kind in the world.
In the afternoon, participants took part in a question-answer session where experts gave answers to their queries.
"Attending the programme, I have realised that biochemistry is an interesting subject. I will do my higher studies in biochemistry," said Sharna, a participant of Holly Cross School and College.
Saiful Haque of Dhaka College hoped that students from across the country would be involved in the competition next year.
"The main objective of the competition should not be finding out the best rather inspiring them to study the subject in the future," he added.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique and other guests distributed prizes among the winners in the concluding session.
North South University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof SAM Khairul Bashar Syed and Executive Director of BRAC Dr Mahbub Hossain also spoke at the concluding session.

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