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Brain teaser on comeback trail

Gaya, July 27: The chemistry department of Magadh University has decided to organise the state-level chemistry quiz, popularly known as Chem Quiz, this year.

The quiz used to be organised at the university at regular intervals till 1999, when it was stopped. Although the dates of the quiz have not been finalised, a meeting of the university’s chemistry department teachers was convened a few days ago to decide on reviving the quiz this year, the International Year of Chemistry.

Magadh University teacher of chemistry Ranjit Kumar Verma, who had hosted the Chem Quiz in 1999, told The Telegraph: “University Grants Commission has allocated Rs 1 lakh to the varsity under its basic scientific research programme. This will be used for conducting the Chem Quiz, which will be held in two categories for degree- and postgraduate-level students. Invitation will be sent to all colleges across the state so that they send teams for taking part.”

The quiz will be organised in two parts. In the first, participants will have to answer objective questions, which if they clear, the participants would be called for an oral round. Each team will have two participants, with overall participation expected to reach around 200 for both degree and postgraduate categories. There are also plans to invite leading chemists from other states to deliver lectures.

Gaya College teacher of chemistry RPS Chauhan told The Telegraph: “It is a matter of great pleasure that the Chem Quiz is being revived. It was a long-awaited need, as a number of students are making it to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Bihar, and the Chem Quiz will be helpful for the IIT aspirants.”

To commemorate the International Year of Chemistry, Indian Association of Chemistry Teachers is likely to hold its annual conference in Patna in October.

The conference aims to create an environment for updated knowledge on chemistry, which in turn, helps Plus Two students appear for International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).

IChO is an annual competition for chemistry students at the senior secondary school level around the world.

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