Surya Girish and Siddharth M Joy of Chinmaya Vidyalaya HSS, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram, are the winners of the RBIQ, an all-India inter-school quiz organised by the Reserve Bank of India.
Tanmay Kakati and Shreyas Sarkar of Maharishi Vidyamandir Public School of Guwahati are the runners-up.The finals of RBIQ were held in National Library, Kolkata.
The quiz was organised as part of the efforts of the Reserve Bank of India towards spreading awareness about financial matters, especially among children, so that they themselves become financially responsible citizens in future and inspire their elders in the habit of savings and banking and other matters of finance.
While giving away the prizes to the winners, D Subbarao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, said that he was humbled by the amazing range of information and knowledge that the participants displayed in answering the questions related to banking, finance and India. The Governor also said that he was delighted to see the excitement and the enthusiasm that RBIQ generated all over the country - from Jaipur to Visakhapatnam, Imphal to Vadodara, Kochi to Dehradun and Jammu to Patna.
Deputy governors and executive directors of the Reserve Bank as well as chief executives of public sector banks also attended the event.
The Reserve Bank launched RBIQ this year for students in classes 9, 10, 11 and 12. Schools located across the length and breadth of the country and affiliated to all boards participated. The RBIQ was held over three months in 32 centres across the country.
Of the more than 3,000 schools invited, over 1,600 schools participated. After the zonal finals conducted in state capitals, the semi-finals and finals were held over three days in Kolkata. Noted quizmaster Barry O’Brien conducted RBIQ. The semi-final and final rounds of the RBIQ will be telecast between December 15, 2012 and January 15, 2013 on Zee Business.