Students Qualify in High-Profile Quiz Contest
“Which government institution was chosen by the Indian Railways to sell its tickets, following the success of its online portal?” quizmaster Giri Balasubramanium tossed up this question.
Recollecting that the post office was now also selling flight tickets, Amrita students Vishal R. and S. Bharqdwaaj Rajan took a chance. Tentatively they answered, “India Post.”
They were right! The correct answer enabled the team to become the first to qualify for the ninth edition of the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz Competition 2013 from Coimbatore.
A knowledge initiative of the Tata Group, the business quiz annually attracts participation from students of not only management, but also engineering and other disciplines.
For instance, the Amrita students who qualified, are in the final-year of their BTech program in Chemical Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering at Coimbatore.
The singular qualification earned the Amrita students a cash prize of Rs. 75,000.
They will now proceed to Bangalore to compete in the zonal finals. The top two teams from each zone will battle it out for the top spot at the national finals scheduled for April 14, 2013 in Mumbai.
This will mark the culmination of what has come to be the largest inter-collegiate business quiz competition in the country. This year the contest is being organized in over 30 Indian cities.
VK Prasad, General Manager, Taj Vivanta, Coimbatore was present at the qualification round in Coimbatore. Applauding the teams for their sterling performances, he presented the prize to the winning Amrita team.
Among those who participated in Coimbatore were nearly 300 students from colleges not only in Coimbatore but also the towns of Erode, Tirpur, Salem, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Karur, Hosur and Ooty.
These students all competed in the preliminary rounds where they grappled with questions on breakfast brands, company logos and famous business leaders, among other topics.
“It was a very good learning experience,” stated the winning Amrita students.
“Thanks to Quizkrieg, our quizzing club that we are a part of. The regular practice at the club helped us immensely,” they added.
The quiz club meets every fortnight; members take turns to conduct quizzes. Once in a while, quizzes are organized on specific topics.
“As members, we are happy when we have the chance to participate in quiz competitions conducted in and around the city. Lately, Amrita teams have been performing very well,” the winning students summed up.
March 11, 2013
School of Engineering, Coimbatore