Jamshedpur, Nov. 21: Loyola School, Jamshedpur won the 7th Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao state level Science Quiz, which was organised by National Metallurgical Laboratory for the students of std. lX & X in the fond memory of its former director Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao, supported by Jharkhand State Chapter of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).
Quiz master, V.V Ramanan from Chennai, conducted the quiz. A total of 52 schools comprising 156 student participants accompanied by their respective teachers from different parts of state, namely- Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Chaibasa, Chandil, Jadugoda, Chakradharpur, Noamundi, Gamharia, Ghatshila, Musabani and also Local Schools of East Singhbhum district participated in the quiz. There was a preliminary screening written Test where the participants had to attempt 25 questions.
Loyola School emerged as winner represented by Shobhit Mahato, Agnidh Ghosh and Jayant Krishna scoring 305 points whereas Carmel Junior College, Sonari represented by Harshit Agarwal, Subhranil Pal and Abhinav Neogi finished as the runner-up scoring 155 points.
CSIR-NML adviser ( Management ) Dr N G Goswami gave away the prizes. He was accompanied by V.V Ramanan , quiz convener, Suprabha Nayar, principal scientist, Dr S Sivaprasad and other dignitaries including many young scientists and research fellows.
Prof. P Ramachandra Rao (21 March 1942 – 10 January 2010) was a metallurgist and administrator. He has the unique distinction of being the only Vice-Chancellor (2002–05) of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) who was also a student (1963–68) and faculty (1964–92) at that institution.
From 1992 to 2002, Rao was the Director of the National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur. After his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of B.H.U., in 2005, he took the reins of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) as its first Vice-Chancellor.
He was to serve DIAT until his superannuation in 2007. From 2007 till the end, Rao was a Raja Ramanna Fellow at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.