The IIT IIM Alumni Association in Kuwait successfully concluded the inaugural edition of its annual quiz event – Q8 Open Quiz, on 15 November at the Indian Embassy Auditorium. The first of its kind in Kuwait, the quiz was open to all, irrespective of age, educational qualifications and nationality. The quiz attracted huge participation - 75 teams or 225 participants, representing 12 different nationalities, participating in the prelims round - with the top five teams progressing to the finals. Mr. Peeyush Jain, the president of the association said that he was pleased to see the huge turnout at the event and was proud of the fact that the event attracted participants across age groups from all major nationalities in Kuwait.
Quizzards of Oz, a team of Mohsin Mustafa, Robin Cherian and Vijai Krishnan, students of Delhi Public School Kuwait (DPS Kuwait), won the first prize. Everyone was amazed as the young students of DPS Kuwait blazed through all rounds of the quiz, always maintaining their lead over the other teams that had participants who were working professionals. Team Al-QUeIZDa of Kalai Selvam K, Mayukh Mukherjee and Noufal Basheer, professionals working with the Al Shaya Group, won the second prize, followed by the team Incredibly Brilliant Syndicate - of Chris Morgan, Delphine Vallier and Beth Reese, the principal and the teachers, respectively at the International British School - at the third place. The prize for the most innovative team name went to the team - Veni, vidi, vici, which in Latin means, “I came; I saw; I conquered”. Dr. Naresh Akkur, himself an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, was the quizmaster with Mrs. Reva Akkur as the anchor.
The Honorable Ambassador of India to Kuwait, Mr. Sunil Jain, graced the event as the Chief Guest, along with other distinguished guests that included Prof. Fawaz S Al-Anzi, Dean of the College of Computing Sciences & Engineering, and three of the founding trustees of the Kuwait College of Science & Technology (KCST) - Mr. Dirar Alghanim, Mr. Tony Jashanmal and Mr. Minoo Patel. Mr. Patel, who is also the CFO of the Al Mulla Group, presented the vision of the KCST founders to bring the highest quality of education in the fields of science and technology to Kuwait. The first batch of KCST students will matriculate in the fall of 2015. The president of the association thanked all the sponsors who had been generous in supporting the event. KCST and the Al Mulla Group were the Platinum and Diamond sponsors, respectively along with Petrofac and Gulf Cryo as the Gold sponsors.
At the event, the association also launched its flagship initiative – THINK FUTURE. THINK KUWAIT, an initiative to create awareness and encourage social responsibility towards sustainability in Kuwait. As part of the effort, the IIT IIM alumni in Kuwait intend to create a platform for discussing sustainability and will strive to invite world’s technocrats and business leaders, leveraging their strong alumni network, for regular discussions in order to come up with implementable actions.