Learning Through Quizzing

Another battle of the constitutional wits at CONQUEST 2017
Conquest 2017

India has a strong quizzing culture in schools, colleges and universities. Quiz clubs are a prevailing factor in the educational years manifested through intra-school and inter school quiz competitions. The latest entrant in the sub-genre of quizzing is the one on India’s constitutional and legal history. This idea is a brainchild of the Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR), a partner of the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).

After its huge success in 2016, the team at CLPR organized its 2nd edition this year. The competition was not just limited to college and university students. For the first time it was open for school students as well. The highly educative contest had four regional rounds and culminated in a grand national final. Each regional round had one spot reserved for school teams. Four regional rounds in Delhi, Kolkatta, Pune and Bangalore produced two winning teams each who made it to the national finals. The final rounds of ConQuest 2017 in Bangalore saw eight teams competing against each other for the national title of ‘Champions of ConQuest 2017’. The winners of the 2017 edition of the quiz were Karan Kamath and Amey Pilay of Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

“This year’s competition was tougher than the premier in 2016. The questions posed were eclectic in its form ranging from audio clippings, connect-the-dots, potpourris and buzzer rounds”, said Dona John, FNF Program Manager who observed the event.  The competition was intense, with teams displaying stark alertness and scholarly responses Even the audience was far more engaged and eager to answer any questions posed to them”, Mrs John noted.

The Foundation supports CLPR in its endeavour to promote a constitutional culture amongst young students. Both organizations believe a constitutionally well informed individual makes for a better citizen. The two organizations intend to continue to work together and explore participatory methods to engage young minds from Indian universities and colleges in educative programs.