Mahesh, Vinay take home IT quiz trophy

Winners of the Rural IT Quiz.  

STUDENTS IN big cities are not the only ones who are IT savvy. The Bangalore Zonal IT Final of the IT Quiz 2003 for rural students saw Mahesh and Vinay of Siddaganga High School, Tumkur, walking away with the trophy.

The quiz was organised at the Town Hall here on Wednesday by Tata Consultancy Services in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology for the fourth year in a row. The grand final of the Statewide Rural IT Quiz will be held on November 2 as part of Bangalore 2003.

Do you wonder how children in small towns are so familiar with the world of information technology? The Internet has become all pervading. Many students in high schools and colleges access the Net for inputs and use them in their school and college projects. If some waste time in chat rooms, most do not. The Web brings world events right at home to them and most of them have heard or read the latest news even before the news is telecast.

Coming back to the IT Quiz, close to 400 students from the districts of Bangalore Urban and Rural and Tumkur went through a written preliminary round with oral and visual clues. The field was narrowed down to six teams.

With the first six finalists in place, the stage was set for the zonal final, which started in style with the first round aptly named ``Bits n' Bytes''. Then followed Peer 2 Peer, Basic Visuals, XY Indicator and the TCS Buzzer Round. The quiz moved rapidly with teams cracking apparently difficult questions with relative ease. The final round was a battle of nerves as the teams vied for top honours. Bangalore's quizmaster Giri ``Pickbrain'' Balasubramaniam hosted the show.

Finally the scoreboard showed Mahesh and Vinay were the winners with 50 points, followed by Varun and Abhinandan of Sarvodaya PU College, Tumkur, as first runners-up with 45 points. The second runners-up were Vinay Kumar and Anil of Jawahar Vidyalaya, Doddaballapur, with 26 points.

The winners took home a scholarship of Rs. 12,000 in cash, a trophy, watches, trendy telephones and windcheaters from TCS and ensured their place in the Statewide final in November. The first and second runners-up also received similar prizes from TCS and a scholarship of Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 4,000 in cash, respectively.

At the grand finals in Bangalore, the winning team will receive Rs. 50,000 in cash, the first runners-up Rs. 30,000 and the second runners-up Rs. 20,000 from TCS. The fourth, fifth and sixth teams will get Rs. 10,000 in cash each. The Rural IT Quiz has found a place in the Limca Book of Records as the first of its kind in the country.

The Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Rural, Kaniram, presented souvenirs and certificates to the participants. According to N.G. Subramanian, Vice-President of TCS,

"The response from each district has been very encouraging, indicating the high level of interest in information technology among rural students.''

By Satyamurty K