Tiruchi's premier quiz club, ‘Quizocciates' rang in the silver jubilee celebrations with a two day event which culminated on Sunday. What started as an informal weekend pastime of quizzing enthusiasts in Srirangam 25 years ago has developed into a full fledged quizzing initiative. The highlight of the event was the city's first open quiz, conducted by Quizmaster Sumanth Raman of Doordarshan BSNL Sports Quiz fame.
In a rare spectacle, avid quizzers across ages including senior citizens, college students and kids from in and around the city battled it out for the top spot at Hotel Ajantha. The ‘Q Factor, a compendium of quizzes compiled by the club was released by K.Meena, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University. N.Gopalasamy, former Director, Dalmia Cements Limited received the first copy of the book published by Agasthiar Publications and priced at Rs.150.
Dr. Meena emphasised that quizzing was necessary to keep track of changes occurring in all fields.
With information and access to it easily available, she stressed that students should make maximum use of it. C.A. Raman, District Revenue Officer said that quizzing measured and tested an individual's knowledge.
Keeping oneself updated was essential to survive in a competitive world, he noted. Quiz master Sumanth Raman observed that quizzing was no longer confined to cities but becoming increasingly popular in rural areas. He prompted parents to ensure that children had access to the wealth of information the internet holds. M.N.Sundaram, Retired Professor, St.Joseph's College and T.M.Srinivasan, Correspondent, E.R.Higher Secondary School were among those who spoke .
Around 50 teams from 16 schools participated in ‘Memory Lane 2010', an inter-school quiz conducted by quiz club members. ‘Whiz Quiz 2010', anchored by V.V.Ramanan of the Hindu Young World Quiz fame had 70 teams representing 35 colleges engaged in a battle of brains.
Sil ‘Q' Talk, an open interactive discussion between members, parents, school and college students anchored by G.Balakrishnan, former Vice-Principal, St.Joseph's College underlined the significance of general knowledge in personality development.
A power point presentation on India that threw light on the country's rich culture and heritage was also presented.