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Rotary Club of Bangalore conducted the Finals of the 63rd edition of the Ramnarayan Chellaram Inter-collegiate Quiz Competition. Madras Christian College, Chennai walked away with the winner’s trophy, with Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Kochi coming a close second. The other teams in the Final round were Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Christ University, Bangalore, and the Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. The five teams in the final round went through the grind of winning the preliminary round in their respective cities, which were conducted by the local Rotary Clubs.
One day, sixty-three years ago a few Rotary Club of Bangalore members came together and decided to hold a Quiz Competition for college-going youngsters with an aim to develop in them an interest in current affairs and enable them to connect more confidently with the world around them. They imagined the youth transformed into well-informed global individuals, leading the society with open-mindedness emanating from a clear comprehension of diverse social behaviours.
Youth, who are aligned to contemporary developments in every field would be able to engage themselves in meaningful endeavours as they would be able to vividly envisage the future without ending up reinventing the wheel, or getting caught in limiting beliefs and ideas, they thought.

In 1959, deeply inspired by this vision of an “Empowered Youth”, a famous RCB member of those times, Late Shri. Ramnarayan Chellaram offered to sponsor this event, and, now, this Ramnarayan Chellaram Quiz – ROTOQUIZ which is still patronized by the Chellaram family has gone on- to BECOME “THE LONGEST RUNNING LIVE QUIZ IN THE WORLD”.

Rtn. Hemanth Manay, Director-Youth Service, Rotary Club of Bangalore said, “Till 2016, Rotoquiz was restricted to colleges in and around Bangalore. It was then extended to Mangalore, where the response was overwhelming. Thanks to the pandemic and the growth of online events it was possible to extend the quiz to Chennai and Kochi. This year, it was possible to get the outstation teams to travel to Bangalore for the Finals. We have plans to add other cities, too, in the coming years. We want to make it a South India event, before taking it National.”
President of Rotary Club of Bangalore, Rtn Sanjay Udani said, “Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service. Rotary looks at youth as the future drivers of growth in the country and also as global ambassadors.”

Rtn. Hemanth Manay

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