The competition will be held as part of BangaloreIT.in It will be held from October 28 to 31 as part of BangaloreIT.in 2006
District-level contest to be held apart from the preliminary and regional rounds The programme hopes to cover around 20 lakh students Special incentives for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Bangalore: The Department of Information Technology is all set to organise the seventh State-wide Rural IT Quiz for students from standard eight to 12 (including pre-university students).
The quiz, being organised in association with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), will be held from October 28 to 31 as part of the BangaloreIT.in 2006.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Anup K. Pujari, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT, Science and Technology, said with the new format, the quiz would encourage schools to step up IT awareness among students.
This year, a district-level competition would be conducted apart from the preliminary and regional rounds.
The question papers for the preliminary round would be distributed to all schools. A Science Mela would be organised on October 5 and the district-level quiz would be conducted on the same day, he said.
"The aim of the event is to create awareness about IT in the rural areas. This year, the programme hopes to cover around 20 lakh students," Dr. Pujari said.
He said this year's programme includes special incentives for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Thirty students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes would be selected to attend a workshop that would be conducted at the Indian Institute of Science. The names of the selected students would be announced during the State finals, he said.
N.G. Subramaniam, Vice-President and Head, TCS (Bangalore Operations), said the company was looking forward to encouraging children from schools in rural areas to participate in the programme. At the regional level, the first prize is Rs. 15,000, second and third prizes are Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 4,000 respectively.
At the State finals, the first, second and third prizes are Rs. 65,000, Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively, he added.
There is no fee for participation. The quiz consists of four rounds preliminary round, district-level competition, regional-level competition and the final. The district-level competition would be conducted on October 5 in each district.
The top 50 teams would be then selected to participate in the regional-level competition. The regional-level competition would be conducted in Dharwad on October 16, Davangere (October 17), Tumkur (October 18), Hassan (October 19), Udupi (October 21) and Gulbarga (October 25). The final round would be held on October 29 in Bangalore.
Students of schools/pre-university colleges in the city corporation limits of Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum and Gulbarga are not eligible to participate in the quiz.