Chemistry Olympiad Exposure Camp

November 21 – 24, 2019

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. The broad goals of the Centre are to promote equity and excellence in science and mathematics education from primary school to undergraduate college level. It is India’s nodal centre for Olympiad programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy.

We are happy to invite applications from Junior college/High school teachers (teaching at X to XII class), involved in teaching CHEMISTRY for the Exposure Camp to Chemistry Olympiad to be held at HBCSE from November 21-24, 2019. Only the teachers employed in schools that are recognized by state or central government education boards are eligible to apply.
Olympiad is a movement with a very strong educational goal of exposing pre-university students to what is meaningful and challenging about a given subject so that they may be inspired to pursue the subject. The program has evolved in form of competitions involving challenging theoretical and experimental problems that touch the frontiers of the subject but are solvable by a senior secondary school student.

On the surface, the olympiad program is a challenge for the students, but if one looks into its dynamics, it is infact a challenging and unique opportunity for the teaching community of the given discipline. It has enriched our conceptual understanding of chemistry and its pedagogy as it requires our engagement with the subject at historical, philosophical, practical, and conceptual level.

We invite you to this exposure camp to share our learnings and help you gain experience of this process. The exposure camp will consist of pedagogical sessions related to concepts in chemistry that are an integral part of the experimental and theoretical components of the Chemistry Olympiad. The participating teachers will be sent links of some of the past Olympiad problems. After studying the problems, each participant is expected to solve at least one problem before coming to the camp. During the camp, we would discuss your reflections on the problem solving process and how problem designing process can be modified for meaningful assessment.

Download and send the completed application form to us, on or before October 3, 2019 to the address given below:


Indrani Das Sen


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Near Anushaktinagar Bus Terminus,

V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, MUMBAI – 400088

The list of selected teacher participants has been uploaded on our website by October 10, 2019. (Click here to view the list of selected teachers)

Click here to view the time table

Click here to view report of the workshop  

Previous participants of Olympiad Exposure camps at HBCSE will not be considered again.

In case you are selected for the camp, you will need to carry a print out of the completed form certified by Principal (or concerned authorities) of your school/college when you come for the camp. Without the certified form, you will not be allowed to attend the camp.

All the participants will be eligible for to and fro travel fare as per the entitlement (maximum only upto II AC train fare). During the workshop, tea/snacks/lunch will be provided to all participants. Accommodation will be provided to the outstation participants in HBCSE guest house.