‘Knowledge reigns supreme over nearly everyone’ 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 (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) organizes KQ Matters annually to kindle a passion for knowledge in the young minds and also to promote quizzing that helps them connect knowledge with life.
The fifth edition of KQ Matters unfurled in the IES auditorium on Friday, 31 October at 6:00 pm. The events of the day began with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a prayer song by the school choir and the lighting of the ceremonious lamp. The lamp of knowledge was lit by the Chief Guest, Samera Al Rayes, the Director of American International School of Kuwait.
The six teams, comprising two participants each from ICSK Amman, United Indian School, Carmel School, ICSK Senior, ICSK Khaitan, and Gulf Indian School picked the lots to decide their tables on the stage and were given a ceremonial escort by the IES Supreme Council, for the KQ Matters Grand Finale 2014. The adept Quiz Masters Suresh V Balakrishnan and Vinita Maheshwari were formally introduced to the packed audience by two vibrant Bhavanites, namely Miss Jiya Jose and Master Amey Hosmat.
The five fantastic rounds of quizzing enthralled the quizzers as well as the audience. Carefully sifted and selected questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy left no stone unturned in the path of modern quizzing. Audience rounds, were, perhaps the most sought after. The audience jostled to answer the questions asked by the quiz masters. Correct answers were rewarded with ‘tokens of appreciation’ by the Student Council of IES.
The triumphant team comprising Shaien Malamel Samuel and Vivek Prasad Dalbehera of ICSK Amman kissed the coveted KQ Matters 2014 ever rolling trophy amidst rolling applause and ardent admiration. The winners also received a cash award of KD 500. Darin Sunil and Sonal Bera of United Indian School, Jleeb conjointly bagged the second position. Allen Thomas and Sanjay Samuel Mathew of Gulf Indian School, Fahaheel, won the third position. The first and second runners up of KQ Matters 2014 also received cash awards of KD 300 and KD 200 respectively.
Mrs. Al Rayes, in her inspirational speech, mentioned that knowledge is no longer anyone’s personal property but an essential social component. She urged the learners to sit through the information that comes their way from books and other resources. She reminded them to transform the information into knowledge and share the knowledge with others for the benefit of the society.
The winners were given away trophies, plaques and cash awards by the chief guest. The emcees of the day were Master Aditya Jaypal and Miss Harriet George. The head girl, Keerthini Rajkumar welcomed the gathering and the head boy Master Aibel George Thomas proposed the vote of thanks. A melodious medley was performed on the stage to add musical merriment to the ongoing jubilations. The medley was composed and rendered by the school music band.
As the curtains of KQ Matters 2014 dropped, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan cherished a deep sense of contentment for having given a platform for the knowledge- aficionados to flaunt their supremacy in the field of quizzing by breaking the moulds of clichéd and restricted patterns of quizzing. Bhavan continues its saga of success in curricular and extracurricular activities by embracing the vision of its founder N.K. Ramachandran Menon – Knowledge is nectar. It is for all and not for a privileged few.