A Peep into the past|
The founders of The Quiz Corp
The Quiz Corp's objectives
The Quiz Corp today
A peep into the past
Some time during the turn of the century, a bet was laid between one
Mr. James Daly and another person (whose name has disappeared with the passage of time) in
a Dublin pub. The clause being that Mr. Jim Daly would invent and popularize a
word by the next day. He went about the town painting it red with the word
he had invented -QUIZ. The next day the word was the talk of the town. The die was cast.
As years rolled by this word attained many meanings, one of which was
associated with the art of questioning. Quizzing as a mindgame became extremely
popular with the emergence of quizzes like BBC Mastermind and names of quizzes
like The $64,000 question becoming phrases in the English language.
An endeavour of a smaller magnitude to bring this art of questioning and
reasoning into the lives of the students was brought about in the R.V. College
of Engineering when a tiny seed of an idea was sown in the minds of Avinash H. Mudaliar
and Gopal Srinivasan. They initially set up a quiz club called
R.V.C.E., their expansion of the acronym being "R V Curious Enough?". The seed was nurtured into a dense foliage of intellect
when their club evolved into The Quiz Corp. in
1995. Encouraged by the
principal Prof. M. R. Holla and by the signs of interest shown amidst the
students, quizzing in R.V.C.E emerged to be more than a hobby - it became a
The Founders of The Quiz Corp
Avinash, (affectionately referred to as Anna by the members), the co-founder of The Quiz Corp. got hooked to quizzing by absolute fluke. There
was a vital inter-school quiz competition when he was in school. Unfortunately,
one of the team members was down with typhoid and Avinash was asked to
substitute. That first quiz snowballed into a career for this engineering
graduate. Being a voracious reader who reads anything he can get his hands (and
eyes) on, he has managed to carve a niche for himself in the quizzing world.
Gopal Srinivasan, the other co-founder of The Quiz Corp. is no less a quizzer.
This soft-spoken, muscular, six footer (affectionately referred to as GG- Gentle Giant) can be very formidable when he is doling
out fundae on varied topics. Together, he and Avinash have given many a
quizmaster a tough time. Their quizzes have proved to be challenges even to many
There is an interesting story behind the founding of the Quiz Corp. There was this quiz held in a reputed hotel where Avinash and Gopal (who were in their first year) were nearly thrown out just because their registeration was not formalised. (The haggard and unkempt look of Avinash might have added fuel to the cause.) It was then decided between them that such a situation should not arise again. They felt that a quizzers worth should be judged on the basis of calibre alone and not superficial things like whether the person was fresher or sophomore, from a reputed college/quiz club and the like. They were encouraged by Madam Sridevi, the cultural secretary of R.V.C.E. who helped them start their own quiz club.
The Quiz Corp's objectives
The primary objectives of setting up The Quiz Corp. were to:
bridge the gap between freshers and sophomores.The fundamental rule in The Quiz Corp.'s rulebook has been to restructure the
hierarchy of the organisation in such a way so as to fill most of the posts with
freshers, inculcating in them, a feeling of confidence and responsibility. The juniors are
allowed to participate in the decision making process because they are looked upon
as the future of the club.The
seniors provide the juniors with guidance thus increasing the level of
senior-junior interaction. This concept has enabled the college to consistently top quiz rankings.
popularise quizzing for quiz sake. Intra-collegiate quizzes are run by the
members pooling in small sums of money. The weekly and fortnightly quizzes do not have any
Prize. The concept is that quizzes should not be looked upon as "games" which help one earn easy
money as is being projected by certain game shows. Instead the emphasis should be on entertainment and knowledge.
provide a stage for testing mental prowess in R.V.C.E.The dictum here
is that "Only the Knowledgeable survive"... All members are motivated to read
and make their own questions. It is seen that all the quizzers conduct atleast one
quiz in the semester.
The Quiz Corp. also believes in decentralising its
resources and encourages an informal attitude of working. This is what probably
explains why its meetings are mainly held in the R.V. Canteen or on the rocks
near Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park. But informal does not mean unprofessional- the
standards of The Quiz Corp.’s quizzes and the levels of professionalism shown
by its members are very high.
The Quiz Corp. disproves the misconception that one has to be a born quizzer to be a
member of a quiz club. Avinash stands as an example as to how a person, who was
never into quizzing initially, can rise to great heights in the quizzing world.
Ever since, quizzers and quizmasters from The Quiz Corp. have displayed their talent at
every level. Over the years quizzers from The Quiz Corp. have won quizzes at
many fests like Saarang(IIT,Madras), Oasis(BITS,Pilani), Mood Indigo(IIT,Bombay), Legala(NLSIU), Incident(KREC,Suratkal).In the academic year of 1999–2000 alone, its members could boast of
winning quizzes at National Law School(Legala) ,Christ College, St. Joseph’s
college of Arts and Science, PESIT, IIM Bangalore and even at IIT Madras.
Quizmasters from The Quiz Corp. have been invited to conduct quizzes at the
state level, for companies like Infosys and
MICO, for institutions like
the Institution of Engineers, (India)and
even by Channel V for a telecast
The Karnataka Quiz Association has been the inspiration and guide to this club.
The assistance and direction provided by Wing Commander Mulky in terms of
infrastructure, slides and valuable advice is one of the main reasons which
has kept The Quiz Corp. alive and kicking.
The Quiz Corp is now at the zenith of collegiate quizdom,
and continues in its tradition of providing quality quizzes on any topic.
The Quiz Corp. today
is the colour of a leopard’s spots?
seemed obvious to you, try this one : How
did the word obvious enter the language?
Some questions have straight forward answers, like the one you just dismissed as
obvious, others hold a hidden meaning. The word obvious comes from Latin for
‘middle of the road’ because every one could see what was in the middle of
the road. At The Quiz Corp., we
do not believe in looking at the middle of the road all the time, we hunt for the hidden
essence. Unlike Newton, we do not wait for the apple to fall on our heads, and
the answer to reveal itself, we look for the answer. We deal in questions and
The Quiz Corp. has always believed that Curiosity
is the key to knowledge. To keep
that insatiable thirst for knowledge going, The Quiz Corp. organises quizzes in
R.V.C.E. every fortnight. The themes
for the fortnightly on campus quizzes have been versatile. They range from
popular subjects such as Literature and Sports to highly specific topics such as
Rock Music and Chemical Engineering. These quizzes may be conducted by any
student with a yen for quizzing.
from these quizzes conducted in college, members of The Quiz Corp. meet
every Saturday afternoon in Cubbon Park and a quiz is conducted. The meetings
have an attendance of about 40 to 50 students. These meetings are held on the
massive rocks near Bal Bhavan and hence these meetings are fondly recollected as
the Rocks’. Each member conducts
a quiz each week and this, apart from being enlightening, has also turned out to
be a very enjoyable experience for all of the members. We hope to continue this
tradition of meeting up in the weekends and hope for a larger participation in
the same in the days to come.
Besides these regular quizzes, an annual event
called ‘Funda-Mental’ is held to determine the best team in college. The
winning team conducts the quiz in the subsequent year and hands over the mantle
of being the top team in college.
The Quiz Corp. also holds an annual National level Inter-collegiate Quiz
festival called Under
the Peepal Tree’which in
its inaugural year in 1999 attracted over fifty teams from institutions such as
IIT(Mumbai), BITS(Pilani) and KREC(
Suratkal). Held over three days, the fest comprised of five quizzes which brought
out the best not only from the competing teams but also from the question
setters. This year we hope to double the participation while retaining the high
standards set last year.
With every year marking the entry of fresh, eager minds waiting to take over from
where their seniors leave, The Quiz Corp.’s
aim in establishing a quizzing tradition in R.V.C.E. has come true.