ANDHRA PRADESH

The Hindu Young World Quiz today

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Welcome to quiz lovers! The city will offer a brainy treat to school finalists and junior collegians. The second regional finals of The Hindu Young World Quiz Contest 2005 series -- an annual national event managed by the Chennai-based `Quizwallahs' will be held at 2 pm on Friday at the Andhra Loyola College auditorium, Ring Road.

District Collector Navin Mittal will be the chief guest and present awards to the winner and runners-up teams. Winning teams will lap up good prizes even as all participants are sure of taking home gift hampers and many other prizes. The winning regional team will participate in the national final, scheduled for October 1 at Kochi.

Student participants are requested to report at the venue by 12.30 pm and gates will be closed by 1.45 pm. They should produce admit cards, without which they will not be allowed to enter. Parents, guardians or teachers will not be allowed inside the auditorium. For them, shamianas and chairs will be provided near the venue. Mobile phones are strictly banned inside the auditorium. Certificates and freebies for the participants will be given after the prize distribution at the end of the event.

The Vijayawada regional quiz will be conducted in two phases. The preliminary round involves teams of all schools. The second round will witness six top-ranking teams occupying the coveted seat on the stage. Be alert participants: This year's quiz theme is "On Everything India."

Event sponsors

In all, 400 teams of two students each from 132 schools will participate in the Vijayawada regional round. Among those registered are as many as 183 outstation teams from 62 schools. Participants are coming from as far as Kandukur, Kothagudem and Rajahmundry.

The title sponsor of the prestigious event is Eveready and the associate sponsor is IQ Topper. The other national sponsors are Reynolds, State Bank of Travancore, Cycle Brand Agarbathis, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Penguin. Coca-Cola is the official drink.

The regional sponsors are Priya Gold Biscuits, M&M, Andhra Loyola College, Vijaya Enterprises, DV Manor, VETA, Spice Inn, IIHM, Elegantt Car Shop, Regent Vitrified Tiles, Ashok Book Centre, Brooks, Modern Super Market, IAR Charitable Trust and Sweet Magic.

The regional finals are being held in 12 cities with Vizag making a beginning on August 17.