Chennai, 1 September 2012 : After a set of nerve-wracking final rounds, the team “It’s OK machi finals-la pathukkalam” (comprising Vishnu, Adithya and Abhinava from Vidya Mandir) emerged champions in the 2012 edition of the Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz today. Team “Why this vetri veri da?” (comprising Arjun, Pranav Hari and Sankrith from PS Senior Secondary School) and Team “The Dark Night rises, so does our petrol prices” (comprising Ram Ananth, Vigneshwara and Makesh from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Nungambakkam) were the runners up. A total of 212 teams from 63 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. The prizes for the slogan contest were given away. It was also announced that the quiz will henceforth be held every year on the first Saturday of September. The prizes were distributed by the Executive Chairman of Murugappa Group Mr. A Vellayan.
Organised by the Murugappa Group as part of its contribution to the Madras Week celebrations, the 2012 edition of the Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz was the second year in running. It has been proposed to hold this Quiz event every year on the first Saturday of every September.
The quiz was structured in the format of Madras Past, Madras Present and Madras Forever, and had questions ranging from the direct (“Who are the residents of No 12, North Mada Street, Mylapore – answer Lord Kapaleeswarar & Goddess Karpagambal of the famous Kapaleeswarar temple), to the etymology of the names of places in Madras, to the esoteric (background of the turtle walk in the Besant Nagar beach area). 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 Chroniclers of Madras Mr. S Muthiah and Mr. V Sriram, the Executive Chairman of Murugappa Group Mr. A Vellayan, teachers, parents, quizzing enthusiasts and members of the media.
About Murugappa Group
Founded in 1900, the Rs. 22314 Crores (USD 4.4 billion) Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eight listed Companies actively 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., 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, Cargill, 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.