Skill India of future New India depends on the youth’s ability and one of the best ways to catch them young is to get them engaged into meaningful initiatives. The recent National Elections Quiz 2018 and Khelo India campaign did just that right! 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. The winners were felicitated at hands of the first person of India, President Ram Nath Kovind.
While, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the first edition of the Khelo India School Games open, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on 31 January 2018. Addressing the gathering, he said sports should occupy a central place in the lives of our youth. Sports is an important means of personality development, he added.
He exhorted youngsters to devote time to games He exhorted amid their busy schedules. Referring to the eminent sportspersons present in the gathering, he said they too would have faced many obstacles; but they did not give up and went on to distinguish themselves. India does not lack sporting talent, the Prime Minister asserted. We are a youthful nation and we can do even better in sports, he added.
Explaining the significance of India growing on the world stage, he said this does not only mean having a strong army and powerful economy. It includes people of India distinguishing themselves as scientists, artists, sportspersons etc., he said. He expressed confidence that India will scale these heights, adding that he trusts India’s youth. Khelo India is not only about winning medals, he said. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more, he explained. We want to focus on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation, he added.
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 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 thousand, and the Second runners up Rs 60 thousand. The remaining three teams in the Grand Finale were rewarded Rs. 50 thousand each. Half the amount of the Prize money goes to the School and the rest to the two students comprising the team.
Importantly, the National Elections Quiz is organised as part of ECI’s initiative of ‘Empowering Young and Future Electors’ which was also the theme for the 7th National Voters’ Day (2017). Extending from the Intra-School followed by the District and State Level right up to the National Rounds, NEQ involved students from across the country laying claim to being the World’s Largest Inter-School Quiz Contest on Elections.
While, in the Khelo India games- Anu Kumar of Uttarakhand grabbed the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games, as Tamil Nadu won two of the six gold medals on offer on the opening day of the athletics programme of the Games. The Tamil Nadu athletes took two gold medals, the rest were shared between Uttarakhand, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium this morning.
The girls 1500m saw Kathiriya Shraddha of Gujarat cross the tape first, but following a protest from one of the other teams, she was disqualified as the judges deemed her compatriot in the final lap illegally paced her. The judges awarded the gold to Kerala’s promising C Chanthini, who clocked 4:50.81.
In the field events there were some good performances in the boys Shot Put and triple jump events. Abhishek Singh of Uttar Pradesh won the Shot Put with an excellent throw of 18.73m while Praveen of Tamil Nadu won the triple jump in his sixth attempt with 15.22m.
Haryana girls excelled in the Shot Put with two medals out of three. Pooja won the gold with a best of 13.88m while the bronze went to Rekha with a best effort of 13.20m. Ajenci Susan of Tamil Nadu claimed the Silver with 13.39m. Pooja dominated the event with three of her throws better than silver medallist.
In girls triple jump J Coleshiya was the winner with a best leap of 12.29m, whileSandra Babu (Kerala) was right behind her in second place at 12.27m and PM Tabitha (TN) was third with a best of 11.95m.
Day 2 of the athletics competition will see nine more medals being decided with three in boys section and four in girls. The boys finals will be in Long Jump (10 am), Javelin throw (10 am)and 200m (12.30 pm), while the scheduled girls finals are Pole vault (10 am), long jump (11.40 am) , javelin (11.45 am) and 200m (12.40 pm).