The sixth edition of KQ Matters - An all enthralling quizzing extravaganza incorporating cutting edge technology and the latest innovative trends in the arena of quizzing unfurled in the Indian Educational School (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) auditorium on the tranquil evening of 11 September, 2015.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan organizes KQ Matters every year for the knowledge-seekers of grades 8 and 9 in the Indian and international schools in Kuwait. The proud finalists of the of KQ Matters 2015 made it to the grand finale by beating 102 quizzers from 12 schools in the preliminary round of KQ Matters held in May this year.
The notable presence of the Ambassador of South Africa to Kuwait H.E. M.P. Bona added grace to the top-notch cerebral extravaganza in the country. The quizzing enthusiasts across the country thronged the IES auditorium in droves to witness the one and only interschool quiz contest hosted by an educational institution in the country in all its fairness.
The mega quiz contest consisted of seven amazing rounds. The novelty that was brought into the appellation of rounds was the names of app store and mobile apps that are immensely popular among the tech-savvy generation of today. viz. ‘Hangouts’, ‘LinkedIn’, ‘WhatsApp’, ‘Play Store’, ‘Instagram’, ‘Hotspot’ and ‘Google.’
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 South African Ambassador, N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Middle East, T. Premkumar, the principal, IES and Sunil Kumar Menon, the coordinator of KQ Matters 2015.
The floor was taken over by the vibrant quiz masters Suresh V Balakrishnan and Vinita Maheshwari amid roars of applause. Tessy Gonsalves and Shri Ashwathama who made their debut this year as quiz masters won ardent admiration from the spectators and organizers.
After a vibrant nail biting quizzing session of two and a half hours, T. Premkumar, the principal, IES announced the names of the winners amid great jubilation. The formidable quizzers of IES Mitsumi Nandi and Samuel John won the first position with 105 points. The second position was bagged by the dazzling duo Ahmed Hamza and Mohamed Umar Nawaz of Indian Central School with 70 points. The third place was won by the dauntless duo Shravanya Raghunath and Fahad Ahmed of Gulf Indian School with 65 points.
The quizzers of Indian Central School were declared the champions as per the rules of the quiz contest. A cash prize of KD 500 and an ever-rolling trophy were presented to the champions by the chief guest. The winning team of the host school was also awarded a cash prize of KD 500. The second runners up received a cash prize of KD 200. The winners, the first and the second runners up of the contest were accorded mementos, certificates and cash awards. All the finalists were accorded certificates and mementos for their brilliant performance.
The South African Ambassador addressed the gathering, thanking the KQ Matters organizers for the invitation and urged the young quizzers to keep their eyes and hearts open to the changes in the world, be it in the field of history, politics, science or religion. He urged them to analyze the current affairs as they unfold, to learn lessons from them, as the present always influences the future. He also became eloquent on the historical ties between India and South Africa.
He recalled the non-apartheid protests against colonial powers by the leaders of both the countries. Emphasizing the importance of education and knowledge, he reminded the children, that a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. He therefore urged them to draw inspiration from their past.
Mr. Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Middle East presented the chief guest a memento as a token of Bhavan’s reverential gratitude and love. Quizzing at its best – KQ Matters 2015 solemnly concluded with the singing of the Indian National Anthem. Keerthiga Nagarajan, the school head girl delivered the welcome address and Sam Ebey Samuel, the school head boy proposed the vote of thanks. Anirudha Ramesh (Grade 11) and Simren Vijay (Grade 12) were the emcees for the day.