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NIIT MindChampions Academy brings Chess Master 2006 to Assam

Guwahati, November 21, 2006: NIIT Mind Champions Academy, a joint initiative of NIIT and NIIT Mind Champion Viswanathan Anand conducted the first ever Inter District Chess event, Chess Master 2006 for Assam State Government Schools, today in Guwahati. The NIIT MindChampions Academy, running popularly in nearly 3000 schools in the country, exposes students in the age group of 6-15 years to the world of Chess.
The first of its kind in Assam, the NIIT’s Chess master 2006 had nearly 5400 students from over 570 Government schools spread across 23 districts of Assam, participate this year. These are from amongst the Government schools where NIIT has been providing computer education in partnership with the state under the Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme.
Marking the symbolic opening of the event, Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Hon’ble Minister for Health, IT, Science & Technology and Guwahati Development, Government of Assam made the first moves in a game of Chess with the winners from 23 districts.  Mr. P.P.Varma, IAS , principal Secy. Govt of Assam graced the occasion with his presence.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. K. Rajendra Prasad, GM, NIIT K-12 said, “The NIIT MindChampions Academy is aimed at initiating young minds on a path of excellence in academics as well as sports.”
“We have received an overwhelming response from the state Government and school children of Assam who turned out in large numbers to participate in this contest," he added.
Uttam Saikia from Jorhat District was declared the winner of the Chess Master 2006 in junior category and Tapan Chetia from Dibrugarh District was declared the winner in the senior category.  Winners will go on to represent the East Zone in the national level finals, at Chennai. The national winner to be referred as ChessMaster will receive the Chess Master 2006 trophy from Grand Master Viswanathan Anand, at Chennai.
The initiative was launched in the state in July 2005 by Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Hon’ble Minister, Government of Assam. NIIT as project partner of the state in Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme is providing computer and computer assisted education to over 4,50,000 students in 570 government schools in the state. The IT education and training major has so far trained nearly 15,000 teachers from the state and has equipped schools with state of the art IT infrastructure.
Launched in 2003 with an objective of initiating students into the world of Chess, NIIT MindChampions Academy has today fostered nearly 3000 clubs with more than 65,000 students as its members in schools where NIIT offers computer education.
The students use computer-based tutorials, during and after school as a virtual playfield to hone their skills in the game of Chess. Apart from tutorials, promising Chess players get an opportunity to interact with NIIT Brand Ambassador and Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, in person at regular intervals.
Leveraging its inherent strength in technology, NIIT MindChampions Academy has created a virtual community of Chess enthusiasts in the country. The Academy has Viswanathan Anand, NIIT Group Chairman Rajendra S. Pawar and President of NIIT K12 L. Balasubramanian and few eminent world Chess personalities on its Advisory Board.
About NIIT K-12
NIIT through its K-12 division is reaching 1.4 million kids in nearly 3800 government and private schools, equipping them with crucial IT skills to prepare them for tomorrow’s knowledge society. NIIT is working actively to make computers an intrinsic part of the lives of children and also those of the socially and economically challenged sections of the society, who may never have had a chance to integrate with the emerging 21st century environment, to give a better prospect to their future. NIIT has been providing computer and computer-aided education in State Govt. schools in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Noida (UP).
About NIIT
NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions in 30 countries. Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2006.
Rated among India's Superbrands (2003-05), NIIT’s education offerings include: GNIIT, an industry-endorsed programme for students seeking careers in the IT segments; NIIT Edgeineers, training programmes on advanced technologies for IT professionals and skill up gradation programmes for engineering graduates.
In the Corporate Solutions Business, NIIT’s offerings are bolstered by its SEI CMM Level5 assessed learning services capability. The Corporate Solutions Business offers integrated learning solutions that include strategic consulting, learning design, content development, learning delivery, learning technology services and learning administration. NIIT’s customers include many Fortune 500 companies, universities, technology companies, training corporations and publishing houses.
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