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Created in 1945, UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) aims to establish a lasting peace between all members regarding political and economic agreements. Since then, UNESCO has consistently worked towards their overarching objectives of creating a culture of peace and sustainable development through conferences, education centres, partnerships, and much more.

The International Basic Sciences Programme of UNESCO is an international multidisciplinary programme established by UNESCO Member States in order to strengthen national capacities in the basic sciences and science education. By supporting the International Year of Light 2015, IBSP will contribute to achieving the goals of the UNESCO in strengthening science, technology and innovation (STI) systems and policies as well as in the advancement of science and technology for sustainable development.

International Year of Light

2015 has been declared as the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

This global initiative coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to increase awareness about how light based technologies have contributed through ages to the different fields of science & technology including agriculture, medicine, energy etc and revolutionized them.

Most importantly, the initiative aims at promoting awareness about how light based technologies can provide sustainable solutions to challenges in different fields of science and create a cutting-edge scenario in linking the cultural, political and economic aspects of the global community.

The opening ceremony of the initiative was held on Jan 19-20 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris kick starting the series of events to be conducted across the globe all through the

About i Quiz 2015

The Idea

i Quiz 2015 TM is a National level Quiz competition aimed to promote awareness among the student population about the scientific discoveries made during the 7th to 16th century period, with emphasis on light based discoveries and its impact on different fields of science viz. agriculture, astronomy, mathematics, optics, education, medicine etc.


  • To encourage students to have increased awareness about the contributions made by scientists of the medieval period to the world of Science, Education, Art & Culture.
  • To direct students towards understanding more about the role of light & light based technologies and how did they make way to several other discoveries in the field of science & technology.
  • To revive the pioneering work of scientific thinker Ibn al-haytham and other Muslim & non-Muslim scientists who contributed to scientific development during the medieval period.
  • To inspire the youth to make positive contribution to the society and in community development by channelizing their energies in productive ways.

Target Audience

The competition will be open for School children aged 13-16 years studying in any recognized Government/Private school in India.

About Ibn Al Haytham

Born around a thousand years ago in present day Iraq, Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham (known in the West by the Latinised form of his first name, initially “Alhacen” and later “Alhazen”) was a pioneering scientific thinker who made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light.

The year 2015 marks the 1000th anniversary since the appearance of the remarkable seven volume treatise on optics Kitab al-Manazir written by the Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham.

To honor the great work of this pioneer in optics, UNESCO and the 2015 International Year of Light have partnered with the UK based organisation 1001 Inventions to launch a high-profile international educational campaign celebrating Ibn al-Haytham called ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham’.

Taking inspiration from this, i Quiz 2015TM will focus its format largely around the works of this pioneer & co-scientists of his time.

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