Tushar Pandey, who just appeared for his Class X examination from DAV, BSEB, has topped the east zone in the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation, the mathematics competition was held in February. The results were declared last week.
The 15-year-old, who has also secured the 23rd rank internationally, has a success mantra. “Those who are interested in the subject must be passionate about it. Whenever, they are free, they must practise it,” he said.
Tushar’s interest in the subject was sparked in Class VIII. The student ensured that he had no doubts in the subject.
“Whenever I had any doubt, I used to approach either the teacher concerned or refer to books of higher classes. I fell in love with the subject,” he added.
Love for numbers has won Tushar an award earlier as well. In the first week of April, the student got the 100th rank in the National Science Talent Search Examination organised by Unified Council. In Bihar, he was second.
In another competition — Regional Mathematics Olympiad organised by state government — he had been one of the six students from Bihar to qualify for the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad. In this competition, students of classes IX to XII are asked the same questions for qualification to the next round.
Frequent achievements, however, has not spoilt his appetite.
“It is wonderful to win. I expect to do better in other competitions. I expected to be among the top three at the international level but I could not get it. I shall work harder next time,” said Tushar, who wants to study electrical engineering at IIT-Kharagpur.
He added: “I shall work very hard. My aim is to top the IIT entrance.”
Tushar’s parents — journalist Jai Naraian Pandey and school teacher Poonam Pandey — are very happy with his success.
Poonam said: “I expected him to get a high rank but I did not think that he would top the east zone. I feel very happy and proud of him.”
Her son is also generous sharing his knowledge. In his free time, he advices his juniors at school.
“Whenever one is bored, one must start practising mathematics. Not only will the person’s mood change immediately, he or she will also improve in the subject,” said the young mathematician.