The International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) is one of 12 International Science Olympiads and has been held annually since 2003.
Each year, teams of bright young students from around the world gather and test their minds against the world's toughest puzzles in language and Linguistics.
No prior knowledge of Linguistics or languages is required to solve the puzzles.
Even the hardest problems require only logical reasoning, patient work and out-of-the-box thinking.
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India first competed in the IOL in 2009. Over the years, India have brought home 12 medals (4 silver and 8 bronze), 5 best-solution prizes, and 10 honorable mentions. In addition, India has sent 3 Repeat Medalists to the Hall of Fame. Team India is chosen through the Panini Linguistics Olympiad (PLO).
Panini Linguistics Olympiad (PLO) is the Indian national program for selection and training of the candidates who represent India in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL). The program is coordinated by the Microsoft Research Labs India, JNU Delhi, International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad, and University of Mumbai, and actively supported by Regional coordinators across the country including Chennai Mathematical Institute, IIT Guwahati, SNLTR Kolkata, and IIT Patna.The main purpose of PLO is to create awareness of linguistics amongst students of the country, and popularize the fields of Linguistics and Computational Linguistics are areas of further study and research.