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IIT-IIM Association’s Annual Open Quiz 2016 is a booming success
December 24, 2016, 10:51 am

The Alumni Association of India’s Premium Institutions, IITs & IIMs, organized its spectacular annual open quiz program Q8OQ~2016 for the third year running on 17 December, 2016 at the auditorium of the Gulf University of Science and Technology (GUST). Though in its third year, IIT-IIM Alumni Association’s quiz has become very popular among the quiz enthusiasts and general public alike. The uniqueness of this event is, it is open to all, irrespective of age, nationality, qualification, gender or profession and the entry is free to everyone. 

The quiz was conducted by the very renowned quizmaster Giri Balasubramanium from India, popularly known across the world as ‘Pickbrain’. Pickbrain holds seven Limca records for quizzing achievements and has hosted more than 1250 shows across 65 destinations of India. He has also hosted quiz shows in USA, Sri Lanka, Singapore and the Middle East Region.

The event began three months ago with each participating school conducting the preliminary rounds based on the different sets of questions prepared by the quizmaster Pickbrain himself and selecting their best for the grand day of quarters onwards. Each team consisted of three contestants. On the grand day, 150 odd teams went through the qualifying quarter rounds of 25 common questions. The top two teams automatically went to the finals. Next, the best twelve teams were put through another qualification semi-final round divided in two groups of six each. Two teams each from the two Semi-Finals joined the finals, thus making a Grand Finale among six teams. 

The quiz was of very high quality, range was great, and competition was stiff.  Questions shot in buzzer rounds at a quick speed were swiftly answered, each team competed at their best to outsmart each other. Pickbrain kept the audience interested with a range of questions that allowed them to win many prizes.

The event began with the introduction of the dignitaries present and that of quiz master Pickbrain. The Association President, Peeyush Jain welcomed the dignitaries, quizmaster, and the enthusiastic quiz fraternity and thanked all for making this event a grand success. The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain in his inaugural speech recalled his nostalgic moments with his alma mater of IIT-Delhi and reaffirmed the grueling hours spent at these prestigious IITs prepares students to perform and excel in their chosen field.

All the dignitaries were felicitated with mementoes. The program ended with a vote of thanks proposed by General Secretary of the Association Sanjay Fuller. He thanked the Indian Ambassador and his wife for gracing the occasion both in his official capacity as well as an avid quiz buff and Alumni member. He further appreciated and thanked all the sponsors and guests. He specially thanked GUST for providing the University Auditorium as the venue of this event with all facilities. The event was well compered by Yogesh Rathod. Last but not the least; he appreciated the efforts of all the members of the Alumni Association, especially the Core Committee members, for putting up a grand show. 

The six teams that qualified for the finals of QOQ16 were The Passouts with team members Akshit T., Shannon S. and Pradeep K. T., Wasta from British School of Kuwait comprising of Kareem ElMasry, Lauren Lilley and Mohammed B., Blowing in the wind with team members Debanjan B., Dwaipayan, Plessey M., Hillarious Democrazies comprising of Noufal B., Amar S. and Mayukh, FAIPS with team members Rohita M., Jos Roy and Rishav D. and This is what we came for comprising of Supreeth S., Mustafa K.and Yusuf P.. 

The QOQ16 winning team was Hillarious Democrazies with team members Noufal B., Amar S. and Mayukh. The First Runner-up Team was Blowing in the Wind with team members Debanjan B., Dwaipayan and Plessey M. and the second Runner-up Team was The Passouts comprising of Akshit T., Shannon S. and Pradeep K. T. All the teams received a handful of gifts and hampers.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) are globally renowned premier Indian institutions of higher education in the fields of Engineering Technology and Management, respectively. The IIT-IIM Alumni Association welcomes the past students of Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, to join this fraternity as their prestigious School has been now elevated to the status of an IIT. The association can be reached at or the official website

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