Six finalists battled it out in the State finals of the fifth edition of the engineering IT quiz – TCS Tech Bytes – which was held on Thursday with the aim of enhancing awareness among students. The quiz is conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and the Board for IT Education Standards (BITES), an autonomous agency promoted by the State government in association with IT industries.

The six regional finalists who qualified for the State finals were from KLS Vishwanathrao Deshpande Rural Institute of Technology, Haliyal, Uttara Kannada; Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal; Shirdi Sai Engineering College, Bangalore; BLDE College of Engineering, Bijapur; Sri Krishna Institute of Technology, Bangalore and BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

The theme of the quiz was Android and different versions of the popular operating system. The animation-based format had five rounds – Jelly Bytes, Tech Sandwich, Ginger Slice, Data Comb and Gelato Finale. Each one tested the students’ spectrum of knowledge in the IT sphere.

After intense rounds of quizzing, Sonal Saldanha and Arvind V. from BMS College of Engineering emerged winners. The runners-up were Nakul Kamath and Vivek Hegde from Manipal Institute of Technology.

The winners received a trophy, TCS educational scholarship of Rs 75,000, cell phones, digital photo frames, bags and headphones. The runners-up received an educational scholarship of Rs 40,000 and other prizes. The prizes were handed over by H. Maheshappa, vice-chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, K.N. Murthy, executive director, BITES and E.S. Chakravarthy, centre head, TCS, Bangalore.

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