New Delhi, Delhi, India:School team of DAV Pokhairput, Bhubaneswar won the special edition of HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 overcoming stiff challenge from De Paul School, Vishakhapatnam and Bright Lands School, Dehradun. HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 saw on-air participation from as many as 72 teams from 22 different cities. The national level school quiz is an initiative of ESPN STAR Sports’ Event Management Group. Famous commentator and presenter Alan Wilkins was the host of the quiz show.
Dibyendu Mishra and Baibhab Pattnaik from DAV Pokhariput won two of the three National finals to emerge all-India winners of the HDFC Life School Quiz 2012. M. Suman Sangeeth and P. Sri Harsha of De Paul School, Vishakhapatnam and T.M.Ravikiran and Twisham Srivastava of Bright Lands School Dehradun made their schools proud by reaching the national finale of the quiz.
The HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 had maximum representation from Delhi NCR Region with as many as 10 teams out of 72 nationally coming from Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida region. Kolkata came in second with 8 teams making it to the TV rounds of the quiz while the state of Goa comes third with as many as 6 teams. 4 teams each have qualified from Dehradun, Trivandrum & Visakhapatnam. Mumbai, Kochi, Pune & Ahmedabad are being represented by 3 teams each. Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Siliguri, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati & Bhubaneswar have 2 teams each making it to the TV rounds of the quiz.
Mr. Sanjay Tripathy, Executive Vice President and Head, Marketing and Direct Channels, HDFC Life said, "As a brand, we have always invested in events and properties that encourage learning, instil competitive spirit , and nurture team work among young minds. It is very critical to nurture young minds especially during their school days by entertaining yet wholesome learning events such as HDFC Life School Quiz 2012. We are extremely delighted to be associated with ESPN in this country-wide hunt for the HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 winner and satisfied with the overwhelming response received from across the country. I wish all the best to Dibyendu Mishra and Baibhab Pattnaik from DAV Pokhariput, Bhubaneswar on winning the competition.”
Speaking on the occasion, Rathindra Basu, Sr. Director – Corporate Communications, Business Development & Event Management Group, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said,“We are delighted with the response that HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 has received in its inaugural edition. It was heartening to see how school teams from across the country fought hard to prove their mettle. This special edition quiz tested not just skills but also provided healthy, popular entertainment to the vast nationwide audience.
“ESPN STAR Sports’ Event Management Group has firmly established itself in India with the successful conclusion of HDFC Life School Quiz 2012. We would now be keen to capitalise on our learning’s to conceptualise and execute more interesting sports led properties.” added Rathindra.
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HDFC LIfe quiz 2012 winners L-R from Dibyendu Mishra, Baibhab Pattnaik from DAV Pokhariput & Mr. Sanjay Tripathy, Executive Vice President and Head, Marketing and Direct Channels, HDFC Life
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