41 students from SAARC nations felicitated by IGNOU

Held in August 2010, the Olympiad took place at 102 centres in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, including 83 in India. A total of 4,384 students of the 11th grade participated. Out of these, 41 were selected for their outstanding performance. Twenty-nine prize winners were from India and 12 were from other SAARC nations. The winners were enthusiastic about receiving awards and were accompanied at IGNOU campus, by their teachers and/ parents to receive the award. The authorities too were meticulous in their preparations. The winners received medals, awards, cash prizes and merit certificates. Further, five were declared overall toppers and received an 'Award of Excellence'. They also received laptops from Intel. The function coincided with India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's 121st birthday, 25th anniversary of IGNOU and 65th anniversary of UNESCO.