Bhubaneshwar: Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) – Asia’s largest conductor of Olympiad exams and India’s leading registered non profit educational organization started its Olympiad 2011 in Bhubaneshwar.

The Award ceremony was inaugurated by Justice R.K. Patra, Chairperson Orissa Human Rights Commission accompanied by Prof. Madhusudan Chakroborty, Director IIT, Bhubeneshwar and Prof. Debi Prasad Ray, Vice Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology at Jayadev Bhawan .

SOF has announced their Scholarship programme for the girl child on the special occasion and will organize State level Award Functions in across India. SOF is covering 950 cities from where over 14000 schools enrol for their Olympiad exams enabling millions of students to appear for the Olympiads annually.

On the Occasion Mr. Mahabir Singh, Executive Director SOF India said: “Looking at the enthusiastic response from schools, students and parents, we are organizing our state level Olympiad 2011-12 awards in addition to the Annual National Awards Function in Bhubaneshwar. Through such activities, we want to encourage and motivate participants across the country. Many students stand out with brilliance and hard work, but are unable to make it to the International level recognition. We will be felicitating the top students, Principals and Teachers from distinguished schools of every zone.”

He also added “We are proud and humbled to announce the Girl Child Scholarship programme to motivate the academically inclined but financially weaker section of girls in Indian families. We want parents to look forward to such competitive programmes for their daughters and encourage them to prepare and participate in the same”

About Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (GCSS)
SOF is pleased to launch the Girl Child Scholarship scheme with effect from 2011-12
SOF will provide financial assistance to girls from the economically weaker section, to enable them continue their school education. 75 needy girls will be provided with an education scholarship amounting to Rs. 18000/- each for their education for a full year. Nominations for these scholarships will be received from schools and 75 most deserving children selected for grant of scholarship.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION PROVIDED BY SOF
– Student Quotient Reports indicating strength/weakness analysis and giving performance feedbacks for individual students.

– School quotient Report – analyzing the performance of each school in relativity to other schools in their city, state and the country, to enable each school determines its strengths and areas requiring improvement.
Prizes from class 7 to class 12 –
• 1st prize – Rs One lac
• 2nd prize – Rs Fifty thousand
• 3rd prize – Rs Twenty Five thousand
• Rank 4 to rank 50 – Cash Prizes
• Rank 51 to Rank 500 – Educational CDs’
Prizes from class One to Class 6
• 1st prize- Laptop
• 2nd prize – Laptop
• 3rd prize – Laptop
• Rank 4 to rank 50 – Cash Prizes
• Rank 51 to Rank 500 – Educational CDs
– 1,20,000 School Topper Medals to class toppers of each school
• Best Principal Awards – 172 nos
• Best Teacher Awards – 396 nos

Annually prizes worth Rs 4 crores are awarded to meritorious participants.