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New Delhi : Delhi Public School (DPS) Ranchi team, was declared winner of the National Elections Quiz (NEQ) 2018 organised by the Election Commission of India. DPS Ranchi team comprising Madhur Jain and Aditya Kumar, were handed over the NEQ 2018 Trophy by the President of India Ram Nath Koving during the National Voters’ Day function held in New Delhi on January 25, 2018.
Clocking participation of 13.63 lakh students from 38,000 schools, the National Elections Quiz 2018, organised by the Election Commission of India and spanning over two and a half months, culminated in a thrilling finale between the six School teams from Delhi, Goa, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and Puducherry, according to a PIB release.
Securing 105 points, the team from Delhi Public School Ranchi comprising Madhur Jain and Aditya Kumar, were crowned the Champions in the NEQ 2018. St. Patric Matric Higher Secondary School from Puducherry comprising V Vishnu Priya and R Mithun Krishna sealed the second place while Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Senapati, Manipur, team comprising Ashmaan Mainali and Shangker Singh Laishram secured the third place.
Besides the Trophy, the First Prize carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, first runners up – Rs 80,000, and the Second runners up Rs 60,000. The remaining three teams in the Grand Finale were rewarded Rs 50,000 each. Half the amount of the Prize money goes to the School and the rest to the two students comprising the team, according to the PIB release.
The National Elections Quiz is organized as part of ECI’s initiative of ‘Empowering Young and Future Electors’ which was also the theme for the 7th National Voters’ Day (2017). The 36 teams from all the States and Union Territories comprised of 72 students from Class 9-12th, falling in the category of future voters, which are one of the target audience for ECI’s Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation programme (SVEEP). As a part of their visit to Delhi, the participants were taken on a guided, educational city tour to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutub Complex, Elections Museum, Red Fort, Gandhi Smriti, Humayun’s Tomb and the Birla Mandir.