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Quizzing through 75 years of independence

Apeejay School, Pitampura students win the quiz competition: Know your nation organised by Ramakrishna Mission in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations

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India is a young nation in the contemporary world map. It is astonishing to note that within a mere span of 75 years since attaining independence, India has fast established itself as a dominant force in the world order. It is therefore essential that the citizens of the nation cherish and celebrate this unique moment in history. In accordance with the above mentioned thought, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi conducted a quiz competition for school students of Delhi and the NCR region as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India to commemorate 75 years of the nation’s independence.

The quiz was held on the theme: ‘Know your India’, thereby providing the students with a unique opportunity to learn about the glorious heritage of their nation and feel proud of its rich diversity in every possible aspect.

Apeejay School, Pitampura students Shubham Ashish Kulkarni and Jiya Sateeja added five stars to their alma mater by winning the quiz competition and displaying their awareness about India as a nation.

Speaking about the achievement, class 11 student Shubham Kulkarni said, “Participating in the quiz was a great experience for me. The first round was held in the school itself with 5 students and then I was selected for the second round. In round 2, there were a total of 20 questions asked in 2 parts each. It was a written exam and the questions were quite difficult. We were made to listen to audio clips (music) and had to identify the singer. In another question, we were asked the names of the rivers that meet in Varanasi.” 

He further added, “Round 3 was very interesting. An audio passage from the book ‘Tryst with Destiny’ was played and we were asked about its author, Jawahar Lal Nehru. It was a really great experience and the school teachers encouraged me a lot. Senior incharge mam even congratulated me personally.” Adding how he would like to serve the nation, the quiz champ said, “I want to become a surgeon and help the people of the nation through the field of medicine.It is the need of the hour.” 

Class 10 student and fellow quiz champ Jiya Sateeja said, “The quiz competition was a very nice experience and it provided me with a great exposure. The quiz shaped me well with regard to knowledge of one’s own country. The quiz had 3 rounds. In the third round, we were first asked about the places we would like to visit in India and then we were asked questions based on the places we had chosen. Out of the places we had chosen, I remember we were asked about Allahabad and the reason behind its importance. We knew the answer, since the English meridian passes from there and India follows that as standard time.”

Jiya further shared that she would like to become a civil servant and serve the nation in the future and how she wholeheartedly supports Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. Speaking about how her school supports her growth she exclaimed, “My school provides me with so many opportunities to participate in different activities and that’s how I participated in this quiz. Also, the various special assemblies organised in the school tell us about the many special events of India and their history and cultural legacy”

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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