Symbiosis Laww School emerged as the topper at the competition. In second place was the Symbiosis Institute for International Business (SIIB), followed by the Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development in third place. Quiz-master for the day was none other than Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam. Lauding Pune on its “intellectual capital” status and high quizzing standards, Pickbrain had a word of caution for the participating teams. “It’s another way of saying, ‘don’t expect easy questions’,” he said amidst laughter.
As dictated by the format, six teams made it to the finals: Symbiosis Law School, Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development (SCMLD), Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Institute of Business Management and Research (IBMR), Chinchwad, Management Institute for Leadership and Excellence (MILE) and Symbiosis Institute of Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD).
In keeping with its name, the ‘ET IN CAMPUS Quiz’ grills participants on the articles that have been published in The Economic Times. So, they better be up to date with the latest in the world of biz and management.
The first round ‘Citings’ was a crossword quiz with visual clues. Next was ‘Bawdy Copy’ that needed the quizzers to identify the visual, followed by the buzzer round ‘Bulls Eye’ and ‘Viewpoints’ that needed you to spot the lateral associations and finally, ‘Portfolio’. From the word go, the competition between SIIB and SLS was fierce, eventually ending in a dramatic win for SLS. “Sixty points versus fifty points, that’s how close it gets in a quiz in Pune,” said ‘Pickbrain’, referring to the top two scores. “In another centre, fifty points would have won SIIB top spot; but here they are runners-up. That’s Pune for you!,” he said.
For their part, the participants loved the proceedings. “We are regulars on the quizzing circuit in and around Pune. But the ET quiz is something else again! Content wise, it’s really awesome. The level is very high,” said Rohit Majumdar and Prasanth Vijay from SIIB.
The champions for the day, Symbiosis Law School, summed up their winning strategy in a nutshell. “We believe in ‘divide and rule’, said Suvajit Chakraborty adding, “It means that both of us have different specialisations which we concentrate on. I am a general quizzer whereas my team-mate Subhodeep Jash is an ace at business
quizzes. Together, we divide the different topics amongst ourselves. And Giri Balasubramaniam is one tough quizmaster, everyone says so!”
The guest of honour for the day Sudhindra Nath Chatterjee, assistant vice-president (Projects), Cognizant shared a word with the audience. “Keep the passion, enthusiasm and vibrancy alive in whatever you do. Success will be yours,” he said.
The other three qualifying teams consisted of Gaurav Parab and Mehul Dixit (SCMHRD), Aakash Parakh and Anmol Gill (IBMR) and Karthik Goda and Karan Kakade (MILE).
The sponsors for the quiz were Manneys Booksellers, Inox, Hippo, Parle Agro and Men’s Avenue.