GUWAHATI, Feb 16 - NPS International School today gave away certificates of merit to the students for The Assam Tribune Quiz Competition which is held in the school every month. The quiz is an initiative taken by the NPS International School is association with The Assam Tribune to enhance the reading habits of the students. The questions in the quiz competition are compiled from the news items of the newspaper.
The special guest of the event was Indrani Raimedhi, Features Editor of The Assam Tribune.
The school organised a memorable event at its Brahmaputra Auditorium to award the winners. This was followed by a cultural programme where numerous students showcased their talents.
More than 150 merit certificates were distributed among the students from Grade III to Grade XI. All the students received their certificates from Raimedhi.
The quiz competition was divided into two sections – Junior School (Grade III to V) and Middle and Senior School (Grade VI to XI). More than 1,000 students participated in the competition which started on April 18, 2018, and has till now been held five times for middle and senior school students and four times for the junior grades.
Raimedhi shared an anecdote with the students how in the year 1953, a sub editor from the newspaper was instrumental in making The Assam Tribune become the first newspaper in the country to break the news of Sir Edmund Hillary scaling Mount Everest. She highlighted the fact that The Assam Tribune was established not to make money but to be the soul of Assam and report news stories with utmost sincerity and compassion.
Raimedhi lauded the spirit shown by NPS International School in making children of today nurture the habit of reading newspapers. “I really laud the view that The Assam Tribune has teamed up with a school like NPS International to help children in reading print news items. Today children have low attention span and reading a newspaper needs time and it enhances comprehension. I have also witnessed that the response to this quiz competition has been terrific and I congratulate each one of you who have participated in the competition.”
NPS International School Principal Probhati Biswas said, “The Assam Tribune Quiz is the brainchild of our honourable founder member JN Das. This idea came forth in the beginning of last session and he shared it with all the teachers. The motive behind this initiative was to make students imbibe the habit of reading from print media, which is more or less becoming a dying habit these days, due to advent of electronic media who sensationalise news. The children today are drawn towards electronic media and the habit of reading is reducing by the day for this generation. To make the children inculcate the habit of reading newspapers this idea came about and today I am very happy that this quiz competition has become a grand success. In the future, we would like to take it to the next level and make it an international quiz competition in association with The Assam Tribune.”