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WINNER: Dubai Modern High School - Shruti & Kirti

RUNNER UP: Indian School Dubai - Karthik & Hanumanth

DUBAI - Over 450 students participated in the inter school IT Quiz held on Saturday, at the Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School. The first international edition of TCS IT Wiz was packed with eager students looking forward to an exciting session and they were not disappointed.

Topics from Twitter to Civionics tested participants' knowledge. After the preliminary round and some grueling and intense final rounds of quizzing, Shruti S and Kirti K from the Dubai Modern High School walked away with the coveted winners trophy, along with a Galaxy Tablet each, closely followed by Karthik Meher and Hanumanth K from the Indian School Dubai as Runners-up. They received their trophy along with an iPod touch .

The finalists were

Sharjah Indian School - Allen Mathew & Aftab
Dubai Modern High School - Shruthi & Kriti
The Millennium School - Md. Faisal & Shankar Shyam
Indian High School - Kanumanth & Karthik
Our Own Indian School - Manas G & Ebin M
Our Own English, Fujairah - Zaheer & Saif Sohail

Quotes @ UAE
Girish Ramachandran, VP and Head of TCS Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean.
"It was an amazing experience to watch this become a reality."

Sanjay Verma, Consul-General of India
"The final round was like watching the World Cup finals."

Champions, Dubai Modern High School - Shruti and Kirti

Runner Up, Indian School Dubai - Karthik and Hanumanth
"This quiz should become a template for other quizzes. The participants were really knowledgeable. The competition showcased the IT knowledge of the region. Also, the audience was fantastic."

Winners also received laptop back packs, portable speakers, Di-cast Replica Ferrari cars, laser pointers and pen drives, Britannica reference pack, MP4 players and other goodies. Audience prizes ranged from haversack and miniature speakers to pen drives and mugs.

"The IT level in the region is equal to and even better than India and showcases the quality of education here. Bringing this quiz here was a split moment decision and we are very proud of our decision. The response has been fantastic and hopefully, we will take it further."

"We are feeling ecstatic," said Shruthi and Kirti. "We worked really hard to achieve it and want to thank our teachers for their support."

"It was an awesome experience," said Akshaya, Pallomi and Brity who had come to cheer for their school, the Our Own Indian School. "We learnt a lot of IT stuff and it was fun cheering for our school. The quizmaster 'Pickbrain' entertained us a lot"

TCS IT Wiz, the biggest inter school IT Quiz in India, has been running for 11 years as part the company's Corporate Social Initiative. As Asia's largest IT firm, TCS plays a pioneering role in helping build awareness on technology and providing a window to the world of Information Technology for young students. Through TCS IT Wiz, the company aims to get school students interested about Information Technology and the possibilities that it brings for young, inquisitive minds brimming with energy and passion. IT plays an integral role in today's society and economy and is a key enabler for success in diverse fields.