International Computing Contest


    Nalini Foundation for Symbolic Logic Pune has been organising the International Computer Problem Solving Contest (ICPSC) since 1989 under the auspices of Wisconsin University, USA. In the past years, the contest has been conducted in the cities of Anand, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Jamshedpur, Lepakshi, Mumbai, Nashik, New Delhi, Nilambur, Panaji, Pondicherry, Pune, Thane, and Udaipur. Wisconsin University has affiliated its contest to International Computer Olympiad and hence International Computer Problem Solving Contest ICPSC of the Wisconsin University has been discontinued since 1996. Since then Nalini Foundation is conducting the contest at international level.


    To some institutions, it is a chance to challenge top computer and mathematics enthusiasts in an annual problem solving event that compares their solutions to the best in the world. To others, it is a challenging set of problems to be used as enrichment material in computer education programs. Adults can expose themselves to this programming contest at a level and programming language they are comfortable with. Institutions and organisations can encourage their staff and their families to participate in this contest. Whichever way you choose to use the contest, it can be a valuable resource for any computer programming activity.

The Unique Project

    The contest combines the art of problem solving with the skill of computer programming. The contest challenges the participant to create short, original solutions to a set of five problems within a three-hour period. All problems can be solved with short computer programs written in ANY one language like BASIC, PASCAL, C, C++, LOGO, etc. on any computer system. The problems fall into five categories:

  • Computation
  • Simulation
  • Graphic patterns
  • Words
  • Mind benders

Contest site

    An individual institution can administer this contest to its participants on the premises of the institution itself. Nalini Foundation wants to challenge and enrich the innovative abilities of every programming enthusiast. If an institution has at least one participant in the whole institution who wants to compete, it's all that is needed provided the institution makes available computer systems to the contestants on the day of the contest and supervises the contest on behalf of Nalini Foundation.

Contest Divisions

    The contest is disseminated in three divisions - Elementary, Junior and Senior based on difficulty level of problems. The two types of participants consist of:

  1. Undergraduate students;
  2. Graduates, postgraduates and other individuals like housewives, senior citizens, professionals and others not included in undergraduate students (a) above.
Details of this year's Contest Results 2001