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L. Ramkumar (right), Managing Director, Tube Investments of India Ltd., presenting the trophy to winners of ‘Murugappa Kovai Quotient Quiz 2013’ (from left) A. Aravind, M. Sairam and T.A. Rathna Subramanian of Sri Sowdeswari Vidyalaya, organised by the Murugappa Group in Coimbatore on Saturday. —Photo: M. Periasamy
L. Ramkumar (right), Managing Director, Tube Investments of India Ltd., presenting the trophy to winners of ‘Murugappa Kovai Quotient Quiz 2013’ (from left) A. Aravind, M. Sairam and T.A. Rathna Subramanian of Sri Sowdeswari Vidyalaya, organised by the Murugappa Group in Coimbatore on Saturday. —Photo: M. Periasamy

While most quizzes test the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of the participants, this one tested their KQ – Kovai Quotient. The first edition of Murugappa Kovai Quotient Quiz for school students held here on Saturday saw them battling it out for the top three slots based on their KQ.

Conducted by quiz master Navin Jayakumar, the quiz had two parts – the preliminary, which consisted of 25 questions on Coimbatore, and the final round. As many as 272 teams of three students each, from various schools in and around Coimbatore took the written test. Six teams were selected for the final round.

Representatives from the Murugappa Group said the quiz was prepared on the lines of the one held in Chennai in 2011 and 2012. This was the first time the quiz was being conducted out of Chennai.

Students from Standards V to XII were quizzed on the every day happenings, history, culture, lifestyle, industry, education, and the civic aspects of the city. Questions were also based on nearby places, such as Udhagamandalam, Pollachi, Erode, etc.

The student participants said that only when they prepared for the quiz did they know there was so much to Coimbatore. At the end of it, the team consisting of M. Sairam, T.A. Rathna Subramanian, and A. Aravind, from Sri Sowdeswari Vidyalaya bagged the first place with 83 points.

The six rounds had closed with scores where the team from Sowdeswari had 73 points, the first runner-up G.D. Matriculation Higher Secondary School had 64 points, and the second runner-up SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School had 61 points. But the quiz master came up with one last question that carried 10 marks for the right answer and no negative marks for the wrong answer.

G.D. Naidu along with his sons and 20 other people set out on a survey on foot in 1953 from Kovai Courtallam, battling leaches and other insects.

This walk paved the way for which project was the question. The team from Sowdeswari scored full 10 points by answering the poser – bringing Siruvani water to Coimbatore.

The winners and the runners-up were felicitated by L. Ramkumar, Managing Director, Tube Investments of India Limited, Murugappa Group, and carried home bicycles, and many other goodies.

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