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Winners of NIIT MindChampions Academy Chess Master 2007 felicitated
New Delhi, December 21, 2007: NIIT MindChampions Academy Tournament 2007, a unique initiative of leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s Largest Trainer, NIIT, and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, witnessed a grand closing today. Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports, and Development of North Eastern Region and NIIT MindChampion and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand presented the awards to the winners in a glittering ceremony held in the Capital.
Hon'ble Minister Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar and Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand unveiled the NIIT MindChampions Academy's Rolling Trophy and announced the winners of this joint initiative which is popularly running in over 3500 schools in the country, exposing students in the age group of 6-17 years to the world of Chess.
The winner trophy of NIIT MindChampions Academy Tournament 2007-08 was bagged by Sunbeam School, Varanasi comprising of students Shikar Pandey, Ajay Lilha and Ashish Lilha. The team from DAV Public School, Hyderabad comprising of M Manimaran, S Nagaharita and R Shankar were the 1st Runners-Up at the event.
The team from Delhi Public School, Kolkata comprising of Nishi Ayar, Bidita B Shenoy and Tapajit Das bagged the 2nd Runners Up trophy, while Vivek Vidyalaya, Mumbai team of Niti Gupta, Om Sabnis and Aniket Balam were announced 3rd Runners-Up at the national level chess contest.
The winners get to treasure the NIIT MindChampions Academy’s Rolling Trophy for one year until the commencement of tournament next year.
Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, the Hon'ble Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports, and Development of North Eastern Region, Govt of India, graced the celebratory occasion and exhorted the young MindChampions to exhibit the same passion and excellence in academics as they have shown in the game of Chess in NIIT MindChampions Academy Chess Master 2007.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman NIIT, said, “I believe that this is ‘The Century of the Mind’. The tremendous participation by children in NIIT MindChampions Academy - Chess Master Tournament, reiterates this fact.”
The grand finale of Chess Master 2007 saw winners from North, East, West and South zones vying for the National Level Honour of Chess Master.
Nearly 1,00,000 children from 3500 government and private schools participated in this event. NIIT conducts computer education and computer assisted education training programmes in these schools.
At the national finals conducted today, NIIT MindChampions from schools across the 4 zones competed to earn the national title of NIIT Chess Master 2007 from World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand. The winners from the 4 zones also got an opportunity to play a game of chess with Viswanathan Anand.
Speaking on the occasion World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand said, “Chess is a Mind Game. It requires consistent performance through focus and practice, combined with passion and determination to do well. NIIT MindChampions Academy is our initiative to provide a platform to young minds to get initiated into the Game of Chess. It is heartening to note that young students from across the country have embraced the game in large numbers.”
“As good players of this game, I am confident that if the children apply the principles of playing the game of Chess in their academic pursuits, they are sure to emerge as winners and flag bearers of excellence”, added Anand
Since 2003 NIIT has in a phased manner introduced the NIIT MindChampions Academy in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
The initiative has received tremendous response from the Government, school authorities, students and their parents alike. NIIT as project partner of the state in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan initiative is providing computer and computer assisted education to over 1,00,000 students spread across the region.
Started in 2002-03, NIIT MindChampions Academy is joint initiative of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and NIIT, to initiate young minds into the World of Chess. The Academy has fostered nearly 5280 clubs with over 150,000 students as its members across the network of schools where NIIT offers computer-aided learning. The young members of the Academy get to play Chess in both online and offline format and are given coaching using NIIT's technology.
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 MindChampion Viswanathan Anand, in person.
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, Rajendra S. Pawar and L. Balasubramanian, President of NIIT's School Learning Solutions Business, on its Advisory Board.
NIIT through its School Learning Solutions division is reaching 1.4 million kids in government and private schools, mostly in rural areas, 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.
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