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  • Green Olympiad and TERRAQUIZ 2004 winners announced

    26 November 2004

    The winners of TERRAQUIZ 2004, VIth International Inter-School environment quiz competition, organised by TERI in association with Hero Honda Motors Ltd. and the Ministry of Environment & Forests, were today felicitated at a special ceremony at the India International Centre.

    Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hon'ble Member of Parliament felicitated the winners. Speaking at the occasion, Mr Scindia said: "India today is in a crying need for environment protection. Though we have a forest cover of about 23 per cent, it is facing danger." He advised the audience to understand the nature and derive knowledge from it.

    This year's Green Olympiad witnessed Four Global winners - two International and two Indian. Saket Choudhuri, Delhi Public School, Bokaro Steel City, Rohan Kohli, Atomic Energy Central School, Mumbai, Apoorva Santosh, Abudhabi Indian School, Abudhabi, UAE and Zubaida Nasreen, Alkhor International School, Doha, Qatar received the first prize.

    In the closely contested event of Green Olympiad, they were followed by Vignesh Kannan, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Moscow became the First Runner Up in the International Category. Manish Kumar Singh, St. Johns School, Varanasi has won the First Runner Up in the National Category.

    Eight Runners Up!

    Highlighting the tough fight put up by the participants, the organizers had to select eight second runners up for the first time in the history of this competition. The winners are: Ameya Bhaskar, Delhi Public School, Sector 12, R K Puram, Delhi, Krittika Adhikary, Mothers International School, Delhi, Mayank Yadav, Montfort Sr. Secondary School, Roorkee, Shaurya Darbari, Ramjas School, R K Puram, Delhi, Vatsal Gupta, Sainik School, Nainital, Naveen Kumar Sharma, D A V Public School, IIT, Kharagpur, Sanjay Nanda, Delhi Public School, Koraput and Shashank Shekhar, Delhi Public School, Boakaro Steel City.

    TERRAQUIZ 2004

    In the grueling knockout round of Terraquizz 2004, Vivek Wali and Rushi Kaushik Bhavsar from the Indian School, Sultanate of Oman were declared as the Hero Honda Environment Ambassadors for the year. These Hero Honda Environment Ambassadors would undertake initiatives to broaden and deepen awareness on the environmental issues amongst fellow students and help create an ambience for a positive change.

    The First runners up of the event are Varun Singh and Kiran Warrier, Jawaharlal Nehru Vidyalaya, Bhopal. Second Runners Up are: Saurav Ghosal and Deepak Sahu, Centre Point School, Nagpur. Third Runners Up are: Shruti Viswanath and Kanika Pasricha, St. Mary's School, Pune.

    Welcoming the gathering, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General TERI, said, "Children of India have to understand the value and sanctity of Natural Resources. Now they have to take the lead in influencing even adults towards a sustainable future for this country."

    Dr Mallika Sarabhai, who anchored the to-be-televised Terraquiz contest, said that the Youth had to the warriors of environment. "You are the vortex of change." She advised the gathering to make use of the immense knowledge they had about environment for more productive causes.

    Mr Deepak Mokashi, General Manager (Sales), Hero Honda Motors Ltd., said, "We at Hero Honda practice many environment friendly initiatives which we implement at our manufacturing facilities. It is a privilege to be a part of this Green movement of sorts, which touches the lives of so many young minds. We must realize that a safer tomorrow is in the hands of a responsible today."

    Mr Naresh Dayal, Additional Secretary, MoEF said his ministry was committed to bringing about a change in the minds of the people, especially young people, of environmental issues. He praised the efforts by TERI in reaching out to various sections of the society on environmental issues.

    Congratulating the winners, Mr Venkatesh Valluri, Managing Director, Agilent Technologies International Pvt. Ltd said: "Agilent's commitment to Community is one of its key Corporate Objectives. We honor obligations to society by being an economic, intellectual and a social asset to each nation and each community in which we operate. In India we support both social and community activities. We believe that by energizing young minds and helping them make socially responsible, has many positive and long term benefits to the society at large. Our support to such important activities is not only towards fulfilling our Corporate objectives but also helping these young children appreciate the necessity to save our environment for future generations".

    Terraquiz 2004 has been a resounding success from the responses from the participants, teachers and sponsors.

    Swami Tripurashananda, Asstt. Principal, Rama Krishna Mission Vidhyapeeth, Devgarh, Jharkhand. Quarter Finalist: "It has been a great experience for both the teachers and the participating students. We got exposed to a whole new level of competitive spirit."

    Kanika Pasricha, St. Mary's School, Pune, Runner Up. "We are participating in this competition for the first time. It is very different from other comparable quiz competitions around. We are very excited at this opportunity."

    Elizabeth Mathew, Teacher, Alkhor International School, Doha, Qatar: "We had an extremely satisfying time in India with our students. The level of competition was very high. And the arrangements by TERI were excellent. This was our first attempt in this competition. Next time around, we will come better prepared."

    The winning team received prizes worth rupees one lakh from Hero Honda. Agilent Technologies have given cash cheques worth Rs. 10,000 each to winners and also educational gifts.

    The first leg of the competition began in September earlier this year with the nationwide 'GREEN Olympiad 2004', an annual examination on environmental issues, which had schools from India and abroad participating.

    This year the GREEN Olympiad witnessed participation from over 70,000 school students including those from West Asia and one from Moscow. The theme for this year's GREEN Olympiad was "The Environment". This two hour environmental exam tested the children on a wide variety of subjects beginning from wildlife to renewable sources of energy, biotechnology, health, climate change and many others.

    As Green Olympiad has grown in stature, more features have been added to this programme. Green Olympiad 2004 was designed as a multi-lingual programme for the first time with English and Hindi languages being used which helped in better participation from the schools.

    Apart from meritorious students in this green test who were awarded scholarships by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, outstanding performers from the best 32 schools went on to participate in the TERRAQUIZ 2004. TERRAQUIZ, which is divided into three rounds - zonal quarter finals, semi finals and a final takes special care to ensure that besides being educative the programme is also entertaining both for the participants and the viewers. The rounds are designed as a game show with attractive audio-visuals imparting a unique flavor.

    Green Olympiad and TERRAQUIZ are organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with support from Hero Honda Motors Ltd., Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, Agilent Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan.

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