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Bhavans celebrates the power of knowledge with KQ Matters 2017
October 1, 2017, 4:26 pm

‘Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.’ is an adage which is very unlikely to be buried in the sands of time as man’s quest for knowledge has always been unrelenting and inexhaustible. KQ (Knowledge Quotient) Matters, the most prestigious and the most scientific Interschool Quiz Contest is the one and only quiz contest organized by an Indian School in Kuwait. Indian Educational School (IES) (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) organizes KQ Matters annually to kindle a passion for knowledge in the young minds and to promote quizzing that helps them choose the right knowledge for life.

The eighth edition of KQ Matters - an exciting quizzing extravaganza incorporating cutting edge technology and the latest innovative trends in the arena of quizzing happened in the IES auditorium on 29 September, 2017.  

The proud finalists of the KQ Matters 2017 made it to the grand finale by beating 75 teams from 12 schools in the preliminary round of KQ Matters held in May this year.

The distinguished presence of the Ambassador of Brazil to Kuwait H.E. Norton De Andrade Mello Rapesta added elegance to the premium cerebral extravaganza in the country. The quizzing enthusiasts across the country thronged the IES auditorium in droves to witness the most exciting quiz contest hosted by an educational institution in the country.

The events of the evening commenced auspiciously with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The ceremonial lamp was then lit by the Chief Guest for the day the Ambassador of Brazil to Kuwait H.E. Norton Rapesta, N.K. Ramachandran Menon, Chairman, Bhavans Middle East, T. Premkumar, Principal, Indian Educational School, Mahesh Iyer, Principal, Smart Indian School, and Rathi Ravindran, Principal, Jack and Jill, Mangaf.

The six teams, comprising two participants each from Indian Community School (Senior), United Indian School, Gulf Indian School, Indian Central School, Indian English Academy School, and the host school picked their lot to decide their tables on the stage for the KQ Matters Grand Finale 2017. The quizmasters for the day were Sriee Aswathaman, Jay Thomas, Sana Kazi, Anselma Tessy Gonsalves, and Neethu Maria K Ninan.

The mega quiz contest consisted of five amazing rounds. Innovation at Bhavans sets no limits. The innovative rounds of quizzing this year ranged from Pits Stop, Historia, Calculated Risk, and Linguistica to the Megapolis which comprised questions from all the fields of learning, and made the journey of the quizzers rewarding and entertaining. The quizzers as well as the audience enjoyed and extracted the edifying essence of quizzing to their hearts’ content.

The vibrant quizmasters amazed the audience with their verbal eloquence and mastery of the subject. 

After an info-packed quizzing session of two hours, Iyer, Principal, SIS announced the names of the winners amid great jubilation. The formidable quizzers of Indian English Academy School (Don Bosco) Jason Miranda and Gladwin Sabu won the first position with 75 points. The second position was bagged by the dazzling duo Ahmed Hamza and Master Mohamed Umar Nawaz of Indian Community School (Senior) with 65 points. The third place was won by the dauntless duo Ushasi Nandi and Yash Yadunath of Gulf Indian School with 61 points.

The quizzers of IEAS kissed the Champions Trophy amid reverential applause and jubilation.  A cash prize of KD 500, certificates and an ever-rolling trophy were presented to the champions by the Chief Guest. The first runners up from ICSK received a cash prize of KD 300, trophies and certificates. The second runners up received a cash prize of KD 200, trophies and certificates.

All the finalists were accorded certificates and mementos for their brilliant performance.  The country winners of the Green Olympiad in all the 3 levels, Mohammed Shazib Khan (Grade 6), Kevin George (Grade 8F), and Vysakh Vinod Nair(Grade10) were also honoured by the Chief Guest.

The Brazilian Ambassador Rapesta then addressed the gathering. He thanked the Management of Bhavans, Kuwait for the invitation, and urged the young quizzers to analyze the current affairs as they unfold, and to learn lessons from them as the present always influences the future. He also reminded them that humanity is more important than anything else. The faith, race, caste, creed, nationality and gender must not prevent us from celebrating the spirit of humanity for we all are human beings first.

Ramachandran Menon, Chairman, Bhavans Middle East presented the Chief Guest with a memento as a token of Bhavans’ reverential gratitude and love. The battle of the brains - KQ Matters 2017 solemnly concluded with the singing of the Indian National Anthem.  

Shiv Govind Dahima, the cultural secretary, IES delivered the welcome address and Sriee Aswathaman, the coordinator of KQ Matters 2017 proposed the vote of thanks. Laura Ann Philip (Grade 8) and Natasha Fernandes (Grade 10) were the emcees for the day. With the tagline 'We know we grow' KQ Matters 2017 was indeed a celebration of infotainment and boundless knowledge.



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