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Call for youth to enter 'Get to know India' quiz

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Taj Mahal

Kingston:

The Government of India is organising a quiz contest and is encouraging youth to participate.

The Bharat Ko Janiye (Get to know India) Quiz is open to persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), as well as Foreign Nationals between the ages of 15 and 35 years.

According to a communique from the High Commission of India in Jamaica, the quiz is being staged to motivate overseas youth to enhance their knowledge of India.

Topics of the quiz include Indian art, Indian democracy, economy, geography, personalities in music and dance, science and technology, languages and literature, education, tradition of Indian crafts, Indian cinema ad renowned personalities.

The entire quiz will be organised in four rounds.

The first round is scheduled for September 16 - 30 and will be conducted by the High Commission of India, Kingston.

Overseas contestants can participate in the quiz test from any part of the world during this period.

The second round will be conducted online by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. The third round (semi-final) and fourth round (final) will be held in New Delhi, India. The top ten finalists in each category (NRI, PIO, foreign nationals) in the second round will be invited to participate in New Delhi.

These top ten finalists will also attend the workshop in New Delhi and participate in the Bharat Ko Janiye Yatra (Get to know India tour), a 15-day tour of India.

The top three winners in the final round will be honoured and awarded with medals at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or non-resident Indian convention, which is observed to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on January 9, 1915.

January 2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in the city of Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

"We are encouraging all youth residing in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and British Virgin Islands to register their names at the earliest," the communique said.

The last date for registration is September 15, 2018. The quiz will be open to contestants from September 16-30, 2018.

For more information on guidelines and registration please visit https://www.bharatko

janiye.in. Correspondence can be sent to pic.kingston@mea.gov.in or consoffice.kingston@mea.gov.in.