Quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam, in passing, likened the Tiruchi edition of ‘Stimulus 2011' to a Twenty 20 match, even before he threw down the gauntlet.
It turned out that the civil engineering quiz, organised by Ultratech Cements — a unit of the Aditya Birla group, at the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) on Thursday, was in every way a riveting one with a nail biting finish to boot.
The teams sported colour coded shirts, the audience was on tenterhooks and the stakes were huge. The volley of questions claimed a few wickets (read negative scores), left the others bamboozled but also drew a few winning shots. And till the quiz master bowled what he dubbed the final ball, the verdict was undecided.
For in the final ‘Speedy Stimulus' round , the battle lines were clearly drawn between the teams from NIT-T and Periyar Maniammai University.
B.Viswanath and Jasaswee Triyambakdas from the NIT-T, after maintaining a lead in the first half of the quiz might have confused the Khajuraho temple gopuram with the Brihadeswara, but they rallied back to walk away with Rs.10,000 and book a berth in the finals at Chennai. S.Elakkiya and K.Geetavani from Periyar Maniammai University fought valiantly, asserting the upperhand in the second half till the final question clinched the quiz in favour of the boys from NIT-T.
The interesting format of the quiz kept everyone hooked. While participants fumbled in cracking a crossword grid in the ‘Decode Stimulus' round, the ‘Visual Stimulus' had students speculating on bridges, beams, and dams.
The quiz, designed to bridge the chasm between textbook knowledge and industrial expectations, gave the prospective engineers a foretaste of industry experience. K.Vanniaperumal, City Police Commissioner, gave away the prizes.