A Record 242 Teams Participated from 59 Schools
Chennai, Sep 07, 2013: After a set of elaborate written prelims followed by a one-and-a-half hour Grand Finale, the team “Why this vetri very da” (comprising Sankrith, Arjun Aravind & Nishanth from PS Senior Secondary school) emerged champions in the 2013 edition of the Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz today. Team “It’s OK machi finals-la pathukkalaam” (comprising Abhinav, Aditya & Dhruva Rao from Vidya Mandir school) and Team “Idly Vadai Sambar” (comprising Bhargav, Sruthi and Bharath from National Public School Gopalapuram school) were the runners up. A total of 242 teams from 59 schools across Chennai participated in the written preliminary round, from which 6 teams were shortlisted for the Grand Finale. Several members of the audience won prizes for the various questions asked by the Quizmaster Dr Navin Jayakumar. Special prizes were give away for twitterati and bloggers who came up with witty, insightful and sometimes tongue-in-cheek updates about the event and its relevance to Chennai. The prizes were distributed by Mr Ramesh KB Menon, the Director-HR of Murugappa Group.
Organised by the Murugappa Group as part of its contribution to the Madras Week celebrations, the 2013 edition of the Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz is the third edition in running. It was conducted for the first time in 2011 with 96 teams, and grew in size to 212 teams in 2012. This year 2013 edition has seen an increase to a total of 242 teams. The encouragement and enthusiastic support from the students, parents and schools inspired the Murugappa Quiz to move to locations outside Chennai – the Murugappa Kovai Quotient Quiz 2013 held in Coimbatore in February 2013 saw a whopping 274 teams participating in the Quiz.
The 2013 edition of the Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz was structured in the format of Madras Past, Madras Present and Madras Forever. There were also rounds where the members of the audience could send in their answers by SMS and win prizes.
The programme was attended, among others, by the famed Chronicler of Madras Mr. V Sriram, teachers, parents, quizzing enthusiasts, employees of Murugappa Group and members of the media.
About Murugappa Group
Founded in 1900, the INR 225 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eleven listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Sabero Organics Ltd., Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.
Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies like Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Crucible and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). The Group has a wide geographical presence spanning 13 states in India and 5 continents.
Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.