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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Stimulus 2011-12- tech quiz with a difference

The Hindu Participants at Ultra Tech Quiz in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

Anantula Soumya and Gadde Deepti of NIT Warangal emerge winners

The quiz was not based on the usual format that tests general knowledge, awareness and IQ skills of the participants.

It was a technical quiz designed to assess the skills and capabilities of final-year civil engineering students in applying the knowledge, which they have gained during the four years while pursuing engineering, in the real world. And the final year civil engineering students from various colleges in the capital lapped it up.

In the end, final-year civil engineering students Anantula Soumya and Gadde Deepti of NIT Warangal emerged winners in the Ultratech Regional Round of ‘Stimulus 2011-12' quiz competition held here at Mekastar auditorium, Osmania University on Tuesday.

The duo also qualified for the South Zone Round of the ‘Stimulus 2011-12', which will be held in Bangalore on February 22. Final-year civil engineering students from College of Engineering, Osmania University, B. Ramesh and K. Madhukar Reddy were runners-up.

To say that the end of the technical quiz, hosted by noted quizmaster Giri Balasubramanyam, was dramatic would be an understatement. The finale was fitting and was nail-biting. In the end of all the rounds, Osmania University and NIT Warangal were tied at 40 points. The winner was decided through a tie-breaker.

The OU team took the risk and hit the ‘buzzer' and tried to answer a tough technical problem. Their answer was wrong and the NIT Warangal girls emerged winners.

In all, 16 students from eight teams (all Hyderabad based) including College of Engineering, Osmania University, MVSR Engineering College, MJ College of Engineering and Technology, VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Technology, JNTU College of Engineering, Vasavi Engineering College, CBIT and NIT Warangal participated in the quiz.

Senior officials from Ultratech Cement handed over certificates and cash prizes of Rs.10,000 for winners, Rs.6,000 to runners-up and Rs.1,000 to other participants.

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