A. B. SUDHINDRA
The test was a difficult one but they aced it.
The young brains of Bangalore, children studying at various schools, have bagged prizes at the 4th National SIP Abacus and Mental Arithmetic competition held in Mumbai recently. Over 4,700 prodigies from 18 states of the country participated in the competition organised at Bombay Exhibition Centre. Sourabh.R.M., took the first runner up place in Grand Master A Level, while Suraj Hegde and Chirag bagged the same prize at eighth level. Mahesh was the first runner up in second level. Nine other children too won prizes at various levels of the competition.
“All the 4704 students competed at one go and it was a treat to watch them competing,” said Dinesh Kumar Boswan, Director of SIP Academy, Vijayanagar Centre.
The centre was given the Best Performing Centre in the country award. “This is a result of sincere, hard work, team effort and parent’s support which has helped us to achieve this significant milestone,” Mr. Boswan said. According to him, Karnataka is the home of budding intelligentsia and there are many child prodigies. “It is difficult to attempt 300 problems in eight minutes. A child cracked 278 sums out of 300 in eight minutes. It proves that children have the ability and when trained systematically can shape into a wonderful talent,” he said. “It was a kind of holiday trip for many of our students and they are very serious about bagging the championship in the next event,” he added. Special Public Prosecutor of Mumbai TADA Court Ujwal Nikam was the chief guest.