BANGALORE: The 5th Indian National Brain Bee competition on neurosciences was held at NIMHANS in order to create awareness among future scientists.
Shivam Sanjay Panchal from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ahmedabad, bagged the first prize in the competition.
Malhar Jere from National Public School, Rajajinagar, Bangalore and Pramit Mukherjee from South Point School, Kolkota, were declared the first and second runners-up respectively.
NIMHANS Director Dr P Satish Chandra was the chief guest on the occasion.
Brain Bee is a quiz competition on neurosciences for students who have exceptional credentials in biology and have an interest to pursue careers in healthcare.
Total 13 regional winners from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahemedabad, Pune, Cochin, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Noida and four other metros participated in the finals organised at the NIMHANS.
Visiting neurologists and neurosurgeons from different parts of the country were the judges for the contest.
The Indian National Brain Bee finals is conducted in four stages: the first stage is an oral quiz, the second stage involves a patient-doctor simulation, where some of the doctors enact the symptoms that may be seen in patients with particular problems, and the contestants have to play doctor and identify the disorders.
The third stage involves identification of the parts of the brain which require preparation in human neuroanatomy.
A real human brain is used by the examiners.
In the fourth round, a written test, the winner is selected from the three finalists picked up from the first three rounds.
Indian National Brain Bee champion-2012 is awarded a trophy, a laptop computer, a certificate and a paid trip to participate in the International Brain Bee finals scheduled on July 21, 2012, in Cape Town, South Africa.